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Cooks Note: When I saw this salad it looked like Fall to me, in a bowl. This has every delicious ingredient I love all rolled, or tossed, into one. The dressing is just the right amount of sweetness and goes so well with the crisp, sweet apples. Goat cheese is my favorite thing in the world, but if you aren't a fan, you could always replace it with feta. If you added chicken to this it would be great as a meal with some crusty bread or as a side to a nice bowl of soup. This is a beautiful and delicious salad that everyone will enjoy!
8 oz bacon cooked and crumbled
4 cups of your favorite lettuce blend (I use a spring mix)
1 Honey Crisp apple, diced
1/2 cup chopped and toasted pecans
1/3 cup dried cranberries or craisins
1/4 c. fresh blueberries
6 oz crumbled goat cheese
Homemade croutons (chop any loaf of bread (I used a french loaf) and toss lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Roast in the oven at 375 for 12-15 min.)
Maple Citrus Dressing
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon grated Orange zest
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 Tablespoon green onions, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Prepare dressing by whisking all ingredients, except olive oil in a bowl. Then, slowly incorporate olive oil while whisking. May need to whisk again prior to serving because dressing may settle and separate.
Combine salad ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add dressing (not all of it unless you like it very saturated) and toss well. Sprinkle the top with extra cheese crumbles or bacon pieces for garnish. Serve.
This Pinspiration came from The Cozy Little Kitchen