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Autumn Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Adapted from "Autumn Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing" from Land O'Lakes

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45 min Prep Time

55 minTotal Time

200 Calories



  • 1/4 Cup Blood Orange Olive Oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 apple or pear (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Combine salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl, beat with whisk until well mixed. Refrigerate until serving

Cook bacon pieces in skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from heat, drain fat,and immediate add pecans and brown sugar to skillet (while still hot). Stir together with bacon pieces until well mixed. Set aside.

Place salad ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle half the dressing over salad, toss to coat. Sprinkle with topping mixture. Serve immediately with remaining dressing.