Fall Harvest Salad with Creamy Maple Walnut Dressing

Makes 2-1/2 cups of dressing

For the dressing:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

For the salad:
mixed salad greens
sliced apples
walnut pieces
sliced red onion
dried cranberries
crumbled goat cheese

To make the dressing, combine the walnuts, vinegar, and maple syrup in a blender. Puree until smooth. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. If the dressing is too thick, add a bit of water. Season generously with salt and pepper.

For the salad, combine the greens and apple slices in a large bowl and toss with the dressing (the above recipe will probably make more dressing than you’ll need for one meal). Serve on individual plates and top with the red onion slices, walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese.

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