This Maple Walnut Salad Dressing is sweet, yet tart, and goes beautifully with a spring lettuce mix and a few nutritional powerhouses like fruit and nuts.
Cooking creatively for two can be a challenge at times, but when I serve this salad my meal comes alive! It’s also beyond easy and takes just a few minutes to whip up.
I made it for dinner last night and was about to serve it along with everything else, but the hubs insisted we enjoy the salad first because it “looked so nice”!
I love it when that happens :)
It’s so simple … just start with a pretty baby spring salad mix; one that has arugula, spinach, green leaf, red leaf etc. and add pretty much whatever fruits and veggies you like (it’s the maple walnut dressing that’s the star here.) But I love using walnuts, pears, and blackberries.
I did a little research on the ingredients (mostly from nutritional labels) and this salad is a powerhouse of nutrition:
- high in Vitamin A
- low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol
- good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese
- rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C
- have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits
- high in fibre (I find they work extremely well for my digestive system … ahem … just sayin’ ;)
- high in Vitamin C
- high in antioxidants (don’t peel them!)
- high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and a good source of protein
The dressing is what makes this salad. Whisk it up and serve it on the side … let people decide how much, or how little they want.
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (I use good old Aunt Jemima)
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons crushed walnuts
- Put all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk.
- Drizzle over salad.