Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tossed Salad with Apples, Candied Walnuts and Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette

From the Kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This seasonal tossed salad is lovely, but its flavor is heightened even further when it is dressed with the maple-mustard vinaigrette that is also featured in this post. The salad and the dressing can both be prepared in about 15 minutes. While the vinaigrette can be made well-ahead of time, it's best to prepare and toss the salad just before it is served. The apples will begin to oxidize and brown if they sit for any length of time. I've tried treating them with diluted lemon juice but have found it affects their taste, so I leave the assembly of the salad ingredients until the last minute. While candied walnuts can be purchased in any large grocery chain, I prefer to make my own. I have an easy and inexpensive recipe for them that you can find here. If you haven't tried a fall salad that combines apples and mixed greens, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. It makes is a very nice salad. Here's how it is made.

Tossed Apple Salad with Apples, Candied Walnuts and Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Beth Dauenhauer and Taste of Home magazine

9 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 large tart apples, chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped candied walnuts
1/4 cup thawed frozen apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine salad greens, apples, onion and walnuts in a large bowl. Whisk apple juice concentrate, vinegar, oil, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.

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Kate (The Capricious Crafter and Cook) said...

This looks delicious. I'd love to give it a try, but I'm not sure that we can buy candied walnuts in Australia? I'll have to do some investigation :)

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Chiara said...

Looks delicious Mary, have a nice day, blessings...

Diane said...

I love salads like this, I wish I could get Nigel to appreciate salads a lot more! Take care Diane.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Culinary fall perfection! I can't wait to make this salad dressing! Thanks, Mary!

Unknown said...

Ooohh.. maple mustard vinaigrette? That just sounds absolutely wonderful! Especially with the candied walnuts and apples!

Judy@Savoring Today said...

I like the idea of brown mustard and maple syrup in the dressing -- what a tasty salad and simple to make too!

Chris said...

To prevent browning, toss the apple slices into a bowl of salted water for a few minutes.

Cranberry Morning said...

That looks so fresh and delicious, Mary! Thanks for posting it.

Jane said...

I love the lettuce mix you used, it looks so good and fresh! Sounds like a delicious combination!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

So healthy as well as tasty Mary.

sississima said...

this salad makes me want to preparation, bye SILVIA

Unknown said...

This is my kind of salad. It looks perfect for these autumn days and sounds like it would be wonderful, not only on it's own, but with any type of grilled meat, seafood or poultry.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I love how beautifully refreshing this salad looks my friend great job :D

Choc Chip Uru

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, A delicious and healthy looking salad. I love the maple mustard dressing. Homemade dressings are the only way to go. blessings dearest. Catherine xo

Joanne said...

I love fall flavored salads like this, especially at this time of year while it's still too warm for stews but I'm craving autumnal flavors.

France@beyondthepeel said...

What a perfect combination of fall flavors in a light healthy salad. Lovely.

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