Given the theme of maple for this thanksgiving dinner I knew exactly which salad I wanted to have. I had bookmarked this pear and maple pecan salad a while ago because it sounded really good. This salad turned out to be just as good in real life as it sounded on paper. There are just so many great flavours in this salad. I will be making a lot more of the candied pecans ahead of time so that I can have this salad whenever I want. And pears are in season now…
Pear and Maple Pecan Salad
- 2 servings salad greens
- 2 pears (sliced)
- 1 handful maple candied pecans
- 1 ounce aged white cheddar cheese (crumbled)
- red onion to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the salad greens, pear slices, pecans, cheese and red onion.
- Mix the oil, vinegar, syrup, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- When ready to serve toss the salad and the dressing together.
Maple Candied Pecans
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- Melt the butter in a pan.
- Mix in the maple syrup and pepper.
- Add the pecans and toss to coat.
- Bake the pecans in a 350F/180C oven until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes.
- Let cool.
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