Oh...my...gosh. 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
- 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
Source: Whole Foods Market and Applegate Farms