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Fall Harvest Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

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In this gorgeous Fall Harvest Salad; crisp apples, pears, sliced carrots, toasted pecans and blue cheese are tossed with mixed greens and chopped bacon. The salad is then drizzled with a warm maple bacon vinaigrette! Serve as a side or top with sliced chicken as an entree.

Course Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, bacon, dijon vinaigrette, fall, harvest, salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 268
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard I like country or whole grain
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat leftover in the skillet
  • 1 small shallot finely diced


  • 10 ounce salad greens
  • 1 small honeycrisp apple sliced
  • 1 ripe pear sliced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices thick applewood bacon cooked and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese freshly crumbled - more to taste


  • Cook bacon until crispy, remove bacon to drain on a paper towel lined plarte.
  • Meanwhile, combine the maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper into a small bowl or jar and set aside.
  • Add the salad greens to a large serving bowl. Top with sliced apples, pears, carrots, bacon, toasted pecans and blue cheese.
  • Reheat the bacon fat over medium heat.
  • Sauté diced shallot until softened. Once soft, stir while gradually pouring in the maple/mustard mixture. Simmer for a few minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Plate up the salads and serve the warm maple bacon dressing drizzled over the top and more freshly ground black pepper.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4179IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg