Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This fall salad, perfect for a light lunch or holiday side, features crisp, juicy apples, dried cranberries, pecans, broccoli and shaved parmesan. Tossed with a maple vinaigrette, it’s a perfect lunch or holiday side.

In Montreal we have a small local chain called Mandy’s that just makes salads. Huge bowls of the most crave-able salads ever. Most of them are vegetarian, although you can get meat as an add-on. But you REALLY don’t need to. The sheer volume of salad makes it totally satisfying even without meat. and if you’re thinking that you’d quickly get bored chowing down on an enormous pile of greens, you would be wrong. Every bite pretty much knocks you out with the different taste and textures. If you’re ever in town, it’s worth the detour.

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Fall salad with maple dressing in a wooden bowl

Now this is not a Mandy’s recipe, but I did have their salads in mind when I tossed this one together. It’s a familiar fall flavor profile with crisp, juicy apple slices, chewy dried cranberries, and crunchy toasted pecans. I added some raw broccoli and shaved Parmesan for extra fun and flavor.

Maple dressing in a bowl with whisk and ingredients for fall salad on a cutting board

For the greens, you can really use whatever you like, from romaine to iceberg to spring mix. I opted for the baby kale mix I discovered when I made this amazing roasted sweet potato salad a few weeks back.  In general, I like to use more delicate greens, like spring mix, when I plan to serve a salad as a side, and heartier greens like romaine and baby spinach, kale, and chard when I’m serving it as a main course.

Fall salad with apples and maple dressing in a large salad bowl

The maple vinaigrette and I go way back. I’ve always loved a sweet and tangy salad dressing and this has been one of my faves for years.

Fall salad with apples and maple dressing in a large salad bowl

Enjoy! xx

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Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This fall salad, perfect for a light lunch or holiday side, features crisp, juicy apples, dried cranberries, pecans, broccoli and shaved parmesan. Tossed with a maple vinaigrette, it's a perfect lunch or holiday side.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword apple salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 side servings
Calories 345 kcal
Author Ann

Ingredients

  • 5 oz mixed greens such as a mix of baby spinach, kale, and chard
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets thinly sliced
  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese shaved with a vegetable peeler or knife
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced

Maple Dressing

  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablepoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the salad ingredients.

  2. Inn a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, mayonnaise, and white wine vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until smooth and emulsified.

  3. Toss the desired amount of dressing with the salad ingredients until well coated.
Nutrition Facts
Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Potassium 213mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.7%
Vitamin C 25.5%
Calcium 11.3%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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