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Bacon, Apple and Pear Salad with Warm Spiced Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
6 minutes

Servings:
4 servings

Prep Time:
15 minutes

Cook Time:
6 minutes

Servings:
4 servings

Bacon, Apple and Pear Salad with Warm Spiced Cider Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS

Bacon, Apple and Pear Salad with Warm Spiced Cider Vinaigrette

  • 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) softened butter
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (7 mL) ground Saigon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground red pepper, divided
  • 4 whole wheat bread slices, crusts removed
  • 1/4 C. (50 mL) Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
  • 2 chopped shallots
  • 1/2 C. (125 mL) raisins
  • 1/4 C. (50 mL) apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, as desired
  • 10 ounce (280 g) European blend salad greens
  • 1 red pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 C. (50 mL) chopped walnuts, lightly toasted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Croutons: Blend together softened butter with sugar and 1 tsp. (5 mL) of the ground Ground Saigon Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) of the ground red pepper; spread mixture over bread slices, then toast bread in oven on both sides until crisp. Let cool; cut each slice of bread into quarters and reserve.
  2. Dressing: Heat canola oil in a skillet placed over medium-low heat. Add shallots and sauté until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add raisins, apple cider, vinegar, remaining 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground Ground Saigon Cinnamon and remaining 1/4 tsp. (1 mL) ground red pepper. Season with salt and pepper as desired, stirring until hot and well blended. Remove from heat.
  3. Salad: In a large salad bowl toss salad greens, pear and apple slices; and warm vinaigrette mixture, blending well; divide mixture equally among 4 plates. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, walnuts and cheese and serve immediately with reserved croutons