For the dressing
1. Make the dressing. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Dressing will keep refrigerated in a covered container up to 5 days.
2. Make the salad. Put the arugula in a large salad bowl or a large serving platter. Top with the remaining salad ingredients and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Toss together gently. Serve with additional dressing on the side.
For the Salad:
1 medium bunch curly kale washed and stems removed
1 medium delicata squash (can substitute butternut squash)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large apple
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Optional: 1/3 cup pecans or sliced almonds
Salt and pepper
For the Maple Balsamic Dressing:1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 pinch salt and pepper or to taste
Add a protein to make this a main meal - chicken, pork tenderloin, flank steak, poached salmon, grilled shrimp.
Combine all ingredients in a clean jar. Cover with lid, and shake until fully blended. Use immediately, or chill until ready to use.
NB: This dressing is versatile. It isn’t just the perfect addition to lettuce. It can be added to a cold grain salad or even served over a tart fruit or slices of citrus. The sweetness of the dressing plays well with lots of flavors, but especially sharp, tart tastes. It is also ripe for customization. The recipe is a wonderful base for other combinations of oil, vinegar, and sweet syrups - different types of vinegar, such as rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. You could also substitute maple syrup or molasses for the honey called for in the recipe.
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