Falling leaves and cool crisp air are all signs that Fall is here. This harvest salad with apple dijon dressing combines some of the most delicious flavors of the Fall season.
I made this salad for our office holiday party last year. The salad was a hit and was devoured quickly. I left with a completely clean salad bowl! Since then I have made the salad a few times and took it to the office. Harvest Salad is simple to make for a crowd. When I make this salad for a crowd I don’t measure anything. I just fill my big salad bowl with lettuce, chopped up a whole apple and then sprinkle in enough pecans, cranberries, and cheese until the salad looks good. Today you will have exact measurements for a smaller version.
I alternate dressings. I love a local market’s dressing. The Market at Delaware Valley College sells their own line of dressings. Their Apple Pecan dressing is a perfect match for this salad.
I tried to replicate their dressing, but it turned out terribly. The dressing looked worse then it tasted! So, I continue to purchase their dressing. I know that most of my readers are not from Pennsylvania, so are not going to be able to run over to Del Val to pick up a bottle. If you do leave near Bucks County visit the market or their main location at Shady Brook Farm. Today I am sharing the homemade alternative that I use when I don’t have any bottle Apple Pecan dressing in the house.
Apple dijon dressing is quick and easy to make. The recipe makes a relatively small quantity, but this way you don’t have the dressing sitting around in the refrigerator going to waste.
- 2 cups Spring Mix
- ½ Honey Crisp Apple cubed
- ¼ cup Gorgonzola Cheese
- 2 tablespoons pecans
- 1-2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- ¼ cup apple juice
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of black pepper
- In a medium sized bowl combine lettuce, apple, pecans, cranberries, and Gorgonzola.
- Whisk together dressing ingredients.
- Add about 1-2 tablespoons of dressing to your salad and enjoy!