Spinach and Apple Salad with Dragon's Breath Cheese Vinaigrette

Author: Canadian Living

Chef Craig Stelmack makes Maple's outstanding spinach salad, crunchy with hot allspice-roasted walnuts, salty and smoky with strips of crisp bacon, sweet and fresh with apples, and dressed and garnished with really stinky blue cheese. It's an adult salad, but beware: it's addictive.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 apple
  • 1 pkg fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Spiced Walnuts:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup walnut half
Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup 10% cream
  • 1/4 cup packed blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method

Spiced Walnuts: In bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Whisk in sugar, allspice, hot pepper sauce and salt. Add nuts; toss to coat evenly.

Spread evenly on parchment paper-lined or greased rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven, stirring and separating twice, until butterscotch brown and crisp, about 45 minutes. Let cool; break into pieces, if desired. (Make-ahead: Store in loosely covered container for up to 2 days.)

Vinaigrette: In food processor or blender, whirl together cream, blue cheese, vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper until smooth. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days; rewhisk before using.)

Cut bacon crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) strips. Fry in skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain and pat dry on paper towels. Core and dice 1 of the apples; core and thinly slice second apple.

In large bowl, toss together spinach, diced apple, bacon, 1 cup (250 mL) of the walnuts and vinaigrette. In same bowl or on salad plates, garnish with apple slices, remaining walnuts and crumbled cheese.

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 8 servings:</b> about

  • Sodium 435 mg
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 315.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 19 g

%RDI

  • Iron 14.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 43.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 13.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 28.0
  • Vitamin C 20.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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