“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Friday, July 03, 2009

Spinach and Cherry Salad with Maple Dressing & Walnuts or Cashews

Maple Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk first five ingredients in small bowl to blend.

Salad Fixin's
  • 1 large bag/bunch of spinach,washed & torn into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts or whole cashews
  • generous 1/2 cup dried Michigan cherries

Toss spinach, cherries and apple slices in large bowl. Add maple dressing and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates; sprinkle with nuts and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

For several years this salad was served at Freighter's Restaurant overlooking the Saint Mary's River in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. A change in their head chef brought about a rearrangement in the menu so this little gem was dropped. Their loss was my gain because I bumped into the cook months later and told him how I missed this salad when friends and I would go there for lunch after he left. He told me to grab a pen and paper and gave me the recipe! I've been making this ever since and it is delicious!


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Yummm! This is a keeper! ☺ diane

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

That looks and sounds delish!!!
♥ Teresa

Prim Rose Hill said...

oh this looks sooooo good! I have to try this one! :)