Apple Pecan Salad

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This is a great fall salad recipe.  If you are lucky enough to be able to source freshly picked apples it is outstanding.  But, since apples are available all year round in most places you can make it any time.

I like to use pecan halves for the candied nuts. If the nut pieces are too fine they sort of get lost in the mix.  With the halves – you know when you get one!   You can use walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer.

I think it might also be good with dried cranberries instead of the dates.  I haven’t tried that yet but if anyone does let me know how you liked it!

Update Nov 11, 2016.  I changed the photo of this salad to better reflect it. Sorry for any confusion… the other pic just had to go!!

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Apple Pecan Salad
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Candied Pecans
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Instructions
Dressing
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients and shake well.
Candied Pecans
  1. Mix the sugar and balsamic vinegar in a non-stick skillet. Melt the sugar and vinegar over medium heat then add pecans to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar mix is reduced and syrupy enough to coat the nuts - about 8 minutes but this will vary depending on your heat level and size of pan. Be careful not to burn this mixture.
  2. When nuts are thickly coated pour them out in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper to let them cool and harden. Break the nuts apart when they are cool.
Salad
  1. Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and incorporate nuts just before serving.
    Apple Pecan Salad
Recipe Notes

Variations:  You can use Hazelnut oil instead of walnut oil.  You can substitute walnuts for the pecans if you prefer.

Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad

Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad

I love this salad. It is a bit different than many with the salty prosciutto standing in  for the North American bacon fix.  The dressing is also flavourful. I use the dressing on all kinds of green salads. I served this salad with Veal Shells  with Marsala and Vermouth for an Italian themed lunch.  See the wine pairing notes for this meal as well.

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Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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  1. Put almonds in a resealable bag and roughly crush with a rolling pin. Spread almond pieces on a pie plate and roast in 375 degree oven approx 12 minutes. Check often since nuts can burn quickly.
  2. On a microwaveable plate, spread prosciutto in a single layer. Microwave on high approx 4 minutes. Check after 2 minutes since ovens can vary widely. Allow to cool and crumble into fine bits.
  3. Mix melons and lettuce in large bowl.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients. Just before serving add almonds to the salad and toss with the dressing.
  5. Top with prosciutto bits and serve.

Spicy Strawberry Salad

Spicy Strawberry Salad

 

Spicy Strawberry Salad
Spicy Strawberry Salad

This salad is good all year round but it is a real early summer treat when strawberries are in season! There is a surprising amount of kick to this dressing considering the easy ingredients. It comes from the garlic… if you like it really, really zesty crush the garlic instead of mince. If you like it toned down consider reducing the amount of minced garlic.

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Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 included in prep time
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 included in prep time
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Dressing
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Salad
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roughly crush almonds. I put them in a re-sealable bag and crush them with my rolling pin.
  3. Toast almonds 10-13 minutes. Monitor closely since nuts can burn quickly.
  4. Arrange lettuce, strawberries and feta on a platter.
Dressing
  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Top salad with cooled crushed almonds just before serving and drizzle dressing over salad.
Recipe Notes

The garlic is  a lot of what makes this dressing sharp.  If you have any reservations about garlic reduce the amount to 1 clove.