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Chopped Salad with Citrus Maple Dressing picture

Chopped Salad with Citrus Maple Dressing

Chopped salads can be made with many ingredients; the key is to chop everything small so that each forkful is loaded with flavor and crunch.

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces thick cut bacon
  • 6 ounces arugula or spinach (or a mix), large stems removed
  • 1 large tart apple, such as Granny Smith, cored and chopped small
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 small orange
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the bacon and cook until nicely browned and crispy, about 3 or 4 minutes per side. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel.
  2. Roughly chop the arugula and/or spinach.  Place the chopped leaves in a large bowl and add the apple pieces, walnuts (if using), cranberries and blue cheese.
  3. Remove the zest of the orange with a zester, microplane or fine grater. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the zest in a small bowl.  Juice the orange and add 1 tablespoon of the juice to the bowl with the zest.  Add the vinegar, mustard and maple syrup.  Whisk the ingredients and then, while still whisking, add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream.
  4. Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and a little black pepper to the dressing; taste and add more salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Crumble  or chop the bacon into small pieces and add it to the arugula mix, then add about 3/4 of the dressing and toss to combine. Taste and add more dressing, salt and/or pepper as desired. Serve immediately.
54321 auntys's photo
This is a delicious salad! Instead of bacon I used sun-dried tomatoes and it was really good.
Submitted by auntys ,  October 8, 2012