Bacon, Apple, Pecan Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This Maple Dijon Vinaigrette recipe has been getting 5-Star reviews!  This is the recipe for the salad I designed to go with it with tender mixed greens, crisp apples, toasted pecans, and salty bacon.  It would be just as delicious with a mix of other favorite fall ingredients.  Feel free to use pears instead of apples, try a different toasted nut, add some avocado, or any other combination you think of.  The dressing is sweet and savory and makes a phenomenal salad!  Here’s how I make this simple Bacon, Apple, Pecan Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette.

autumn salad

What are the best ingredients for an Autumn Salad?

I love mixing both textures and flavors in salads.  I reach for crispy, flavorful Honeycrisp apples.  Though they can be expensive you really only need 1 large one so I feel it’s worth the splurge!  I like toasted pecans, but toasted almonds are just as great.  You can toast them in the oven, or in a pan on the stove top.  Lastly, bacon.  I like to cook a whole pan of it in the oven because we usually end up eating half of it before it ever makes it into a salad, but you could easily pop a few slices in a skillet.

Autumn Salad Ingredients

With vinaigrette dressings, I recommend tossing everything together before serving.  With creamy dressings like my homemade ranch, it works well to have people dress their own salads on the plate, but it’s challenging to toss a salad like this in individual servings and it tastes better when it all has a lovely light coating of dressing.

salad with apples pecans and bacon

This is the perfect salad for company, or for a holiday dinner like Thanksgiving or Christmas (though it would obviously work any time of year!) and even just a casual dinner at home.

autumn salad on plate

Maple Dijon Dressing Recipe

Bacon, Apple, Pecan Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

A delightful salad combining crisp apples, salty bacon, and toasted pecans, all enrobed in a fabulous Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette. Ingredient amounts are a rough estimate, simply make to taste!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings6 -8 Servings

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 large salad bowl full of mixed spring greens or spinach
  • 1 large apple I love honeycrisp chopped
  • 4-5 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil or sub your fave oil like avocado, olive, etc.
  • 1/2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/2 clove garlic grated on microplane or fine-hole grater
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • To make dressing, combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously until combined. Set aside.
  • Combine all salad ingredients and drizzle on dressing to taste, tossing to coat everything.

Notes

This salad is also great with pears, toasted almonds, and avocado!  Or try any other combination that sounds great to you.
Keyword: maple dijon salad
Author: Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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