I’m not a huge salad fan. I like restaurant salads, but homemade salads aren’t really my thing. They often taste too earthy and they never seem to have the correct amount of dressing. There are a few exceptions… anything with arugula, Kale Caesar Salad and this Apple Cheddar Pecan Salad. This salad is my go to for the fall, I love the refreshing fresh crunch the apples give. I’ve been making this salad for years and everyone who has tried it loves it.
The homemade dressing on this salad really ties together the salad and really boosts the fall flavour. It has apple cider and pure maple syrup as two of the ingredients. I love to blend my dressings up in my magic bullet to emulsify the olive oil, but you can of course just use a whisk.
I like to serve this salad on the side of marinated chicken, or add a grilled chicken breast on top and take it to work for lunch. If you give it a try it will soon become your favourite fall salad.
Cheddar Apple Pecan Salad
Yields: 6-8 Servings
- 8 Cups Baby Greens
- 1 Apple, thinly sliced
- 1/4 Cup of Pecans
- 1/4 Cup of Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tsp Pure Maple Syrup
- Pinch of Salt & Pepper
In a blender, or small dish add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Blend or whisk until the dressing comes together and emulsifies.
Add baby greens, apples, pecans and cheese to a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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