This simple salad from Cooking Light magazine is an easy way to take advantage of the great local apples that are appearing at your grocer and farmers markets. The bacon adds a wonderful savory note.
SPINACH-APPLE SALAD WITH MAPLE-BACON VINAIGRETTE
Start to finish: 20 minutes
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 1/2 cups julienne-cut apple (about 1 apple)
1/4 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
6-ounce package fresh baby spinach
In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, red wine vinegar and mustard. Continue whisking and slowly add the oil. Whisk until well blended. Add the chives, salt, pepper and bacon, and stir well.
In a large bowl, combine the apple, onion and spinach. Drizzle with vinaigrette, then toss to coat. Serve immediately. — Recipe from the September issue of Cooking Light magazine