Apple Pecan and Craisins Salad
A wonderful salad recipe featuring apples, candied pecans and Craisins
- 12 - 16 ounces salad greens
- ½ cup craisins substitute dried cranberries or dried cherries
- ½ cup candied pecans we get them at Trader Joe's but they are now available in most supermarkets. Substitute pecan halves if you can't find them.
- 2 apples cored and thinly sliced
For the Dressing
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup use the real thing if you have it
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ¼ cup olive oil don't use extra virgin olive all unless you have to. I find it overpowers the flavor of the greens
I like to make my salad dressings in a small jar but a coffee cup or glass measuring cup works well too. Combine the mustard, maple syrup & vinegar in a small container. Use a fork to combine well. If I'm working with a jar with lid, I'll combine the ingredients by putting the lid on the jar and give it a shake.
Adding the oil. You want to emulsify the ingredients. Oil and vinegar do not naturally combine but the mustard acts as an emulsifier to help them play nice together. Vigorous stirring or shaking helps too so I like to slowly add (pour) the olive oil into the jar with one hand and stir hard with a fork in the other hand.
Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Prepare the Salad
In your favorite salad bowl (we like our old wooden bowls that we've had for years), add the greens.
At this point I like to add the dressing a little at a time until I have the perfect combination of greens to salad dressing. You never want to pour all the dressing on top of the salad so the greens are swimming. My wife and I call this over-dressing, "Laura the Salad" and say to each other as we are about to add the dressing, "Don't Laura the Salad!"
When you reached the optimum balance between greens to vinaigrette, add the craisins, pecans, and apple. We don't add everything at first and stir to combine because we fine the other ingredients go straight to the bottom of the bowl. If you add these other ingredients after you've combined the greens and the vinaigrette, you can GENTLY give the salad a stir and keep all the fun stuff on the top.
Bring the bowl to the table to serve or plate the salad on individual plates and serve.