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Perfect Winter Salad Recipe

Perfect Winter Salad Recipe

"This is my most-requested salad recipe. It is delicious as a main dish with grilled chicken breast or as a side salad. I think it's so good, I sometimes eat it as dessert!" DeNae Shewmake, Burnsville, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 2 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


  • 1. In a small bowl, mix first five ingredients; gradually whisk in oil until blended. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  • 2. To serve, place remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss with dressing. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 235 calories, 18g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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jamocha User ID: 3415674 183497
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"Sorry, to clarify my previous comment; I used 1/4c. olive oil and 1/4 c. canola oil to make up the 1/2 c of oil."

jamocha User ID: 3415674 179465
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This recipe is definitely a keeper. I made it for our small group that meets weekly but monthly for a meal. I toasted the pecans and Smart Balance mayo. It was a wonderful mix of apple/maple/pecan flavors. Delicious. I made a 2nd batch up for us at home and used 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 canola for the oil. Still delicious. Can't wait to try it over salmon or chicken salad. The men raved about it. I'm never embarrassed to take T of H recipes; I can always count on them to make me "look good". :)"

pissed User ID: 889295 181198
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I also added a few strawberries. Yum! good with salmon"

SharonAntoszyk User ID: 2511295 163220
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"Excellent and easy."

lhill63 User ID: 4727084 112410
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010


suzstratton User ID: 4337909 210670
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"This was a great, quick salad to make. Very full of flavor. I also added chicken for a little substance."

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