Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Most AMAZING Fall Salad This salad is SO amazingly delicious. After inhaling it furiously, I considered licking the bowl. Yes, it is that good.

A little history: I had stopped into Whole Foods yesterday and was hanging out at the deli meat counter when I saw they were selling a cider-brined turkey breast. Intriguing.

Then I see a recipe for "Fall Harvest Salad" using said Cider-Brined Turkey Breast. SOLD!

Would this salad still be absolutely fantastic without the cider-brined turkey? Yes. Definitely. But if you happen to have a Whole Foods near you and need an excuse to pop in, here is your excuse. You can thank me later. ;)

I won't keep you in suspense any longer:

Fall Harvest Salad
Serves 4-6

  • 4 slices of bacon, sliced
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves or greens of your choice
  • 8 slices Applegate Cider-Brined Turkey Breast or Turkey Breast of your choice, cut into strips
  • 4 slices of aged Cheddar Cheese, cut into squares (I used mild Tillamook Cheddar)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup pecans (or Trader Joe's dry roasted pecan pieces)
  •  1 shallot, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Let cool on paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings. For dressing: add shallot, vinegar, cider, drippings, Dijon and honey to a small bowl. Slowly whisk the olive oil (or blend it with an immersion blender). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add spinach or other greens to a large bowl. Add bacon, turkey, cheese, apple and pecans and toss with dressing.

Source: Whole Foods Market and Applegate Farms


  1. I like bacony apple salads......... meh

  2. I will take one for lunch to go please :) Looks awesome. I might have to try this one!

  3. Can I just say, I love your blog? Not only do the recipes sound delish and I love how you write, your pictures are amazing! I had no idea you were such a photographer!

  4. I used to re-create a version of a Cap City salad that was similar, with spinach, apples & cheddar cheese, but without the yummy bacon. Mmmmm, I'm now sufficiently hungry.

  5. Joy - You so should.

    Caren - Thank you! It's been fun to do. I'm definitely trying to figure out how to use my camera, but have to practice a TON more with how to handle indoor light. I'll have to hit up Rob or Cathy for some tips. :)

    Tam - You are right!! It's a lot like that two apple salad. Yum.