Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mixed Greens with Spiced Pecans, Chevre, and Hot Cider Dressing


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1 -inch pieces
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens, such as leaf lettuce, radicchio, endive, and watercress
  • 1 cup Spiced Pecans
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 1/2 large McIntosh apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled chevre, such as Montrachet

Place the cider in a small saucepan and boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside. Saute the bacon in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and discard all but 3 tablespoons of the fat remaining in the skillet. Add the shallots to the skillet and saute over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the cinnamon and mustard and cook 1 minute more. Add the reduced cider and the olive oil; season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep the dressing hot over medium-low heat.

Toss the salad greens, the spiced pecans, the reserved bacon, the fennel, apples, and chevre together in a large salad bowl. Toss with the hot cider dressing and serve at once.

Makes 6 servings

from Cold Weather Cooking

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