Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

How To Make Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Goat cheese and maple-glazed pecans take this mesclun salad to new savory and sweet heights, especially with its mustard and red wine vinaigrette dressing.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Pecans:

  • 1cuppecan halves,(4 oz)
  • 2tbspreal maple syrup
  • pinchsalt

For Vinaigrette:

  • 1smallgarlic clove,minced
  • 1tbspfinely chopped shallots
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¼tspground black pepper
  • tbspreal maple syrup
  • 2tspdijon mustard
  • 2tbspred wine vinegar
  • 6tbspVegetable Oil

For Salad:

  • 10cupsmesclun greens,(or favorite mixed greens such as green or red leaf, boston, bibb, or romaine)
  • 3ozgoat cheese,(or blue cheese), crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil or line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the pecans and maple syrup and toss gently to combine.

  2. Spread the pecans in a single layer on one of the prepared baking sheets. Roast in the preheated oven for, about 5 minutes, stirring once, until the syrup is bubbling vigorously.

  3. Immediately scrape the glazed pecans onto the other prepared baking sheet, spreading them in a single layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and set aside to cool.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, maple syrup, mustard and vinegar.

  5. Whisking constantly, slowly add the oil in a steady stream. Set aside.

  6. Place the greens in a large bowl, drizzle with about half of the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Add as much of the remaining vinaigrette as desired and toss again.

  7. Divide among individual plates, sprinkle with the cheese and reserved pecans and serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 318.47kcal
  • Fat: 29.02g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.02g
  • Trans Fat: 0.11g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.53g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.10g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.41g
  • Fiber: 2.52g
  • Sugar: 8.33g
  • Protein: 5.10g
  • Cholesterol: 6.52mg
  • Sodium: 290.95mg
  • Calcium: 68.08mg
  • Potassium: 225.32mg
  • Iron: 1.30mg
  • Vitamin A: 263.43µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.98mg
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