Recipe: Harvest Salad with Golden Balsamic Dressing


This salad from Tender Greens is a beautiful contrast of colors and flavors. Seasonal fruits give it a natural sweetness while the goat cheese and fennel balance out the flavors.

Harvest Salad
Serves 3-4

4 cups baby lettuce mix
2 seasonal apples, peeled and sliced into wedges
2 pears sliced into thin wedges
Handful of grapes, sliced horizontally
1/2 ounce thinly shaved fennel
1 ounce candied pecans, rough chopped
3/4 ounce goat cheese
1 1/2 ounce golden balsamic dressing (recipe follows)
salt and pepper to taste

Golden Balsamic Dressing
Makes 2 1/2 cups

1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 medium shallot, peeled and rough chopped
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup golden balsamic vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt & pepper to taste

For the salad:
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except salt and pepper, and toss gently.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper and lightly toss again. Use desired amount of dressing.

For the dressing:
Combine all ingredients except the oils in a blender and puree until smooth.

Once the mixture is smooth, slowly add in the oils (they can be combined first and added together). After everything is combined add salt and pepper to taste.

The dressing can be stored in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

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