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#19561: Apple, Pear, Cranberry, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

Posted by: MariaDNoCA at 7:23 am on Dec 14, 2010

My twist on the one in T&T. I know I'm being a bit of a pest about this salad but I've been eating over and over since the start of FAll and can't stop. Made it for TG and people ate the green salad y'all!


Yield: Makes 6 servings

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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Maple Dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar -- or white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bag mixed baby greens (about 10 cups lightly -- (5 ounce)
1 Granny Smith apples -- peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Pear -- peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries (to taste)
1/2 cup walnuts -- toasted (to taste)
crumbled gorgonzola to taste (maybe 1/2 small container?)

For dressing:
Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewhisk before using.) (I omit the sugar. It isn't really needed.)

For salad:
Toss greens, apples, and cherries, in large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. (You may not need all of the dressing.) Sprinkle with walnuts.

Variation: Use about one cup of fresh pomegranate seeds in place of the cherries.

Maria's notes: I just put handfuls in of the walnuts, cheese, and cranberries till it look good.

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