Maple, Pecan, Cheddar, Apple-Celebrating America’s Bounty in a Salad

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Author Notes: Maple syrup, apples, pecans, cheddar, all of these foods are indigenous to the Americas; I love knowing that as I munch along!


Serves 4

Maple dijon vinaigrette; Spiced Nuts

  • 2 tablespoons shallots
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pommery mustard
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
  • pecans from
  1. In a food processor, add shallots through pepper. Drizzle in oil. Add half the maple syrup, taste and add rest if desired.

Assemble salad

  • 4 ounces butter lettuce, washed, dried
  • 2 ounces extra sharp cheddar, cut into shards
  • 1 apples, cut into slender wedges and ,if preparing in advance,squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning.)
  • 4-8 tablespoons dressing from above
  • 3/4 cups spiced maple pecan party nuts ( )
  1. Wash and dry lettuce. Toss with apples and dressing. Arrange on plates and garnish with cheese and nuts.
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over 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Really interesting combination of flavors. This is where the pecans come in!