Balsamic Maple Dressing and Salad

IMG_4543A friend of mine and his wife are very dedicated to good health and nutrition.  He often takes a picture of the salad he is having for lunch and posts it on Facebook.  They always look delicious!  One day I asked him about the dressing on his salad, and his wife was kind enough to give me the recipe.  Months later I finally made it, and it is really great and so completely easy to make and remember.

Balsamic Maple Dressing

The main thing to remember is it is equal parts maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.  The following recipe is perfect for a bag of spinach:

1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sprinkle of salt and pepper

Blend by hand or with a blender.

I initially thought it was too heavy on the balsamic flavor, but when I mixed it with the sweet ingredients, it was perfect.  Here is how I made my salad:

1 bag of spinach
2 chopped apples
1 small container goat cheese
3/4 cup candied pecans (to do this check out the instructions in this post)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of Craisins
You can really do anything you want though.  Here are some other ideas of what to add to your salad:

  • walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds
  • Havarti cheese or blue cheese
  • pears or peaches
  • baby kale, purple cabbage, or other greens
  • bacon, chicken, or steak

As you can see, the options are really endless.  Just toast or candy any nut, pick a cheese, a fruit, maybe even a dried fruit as well, add some greens and maybe even some meat, pour on this amazing dressing, and you have yourself a delicious salad!

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