Bacon, Apple and Pear Salad with Warm Spiced Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 5 Min
Servings 4
Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsps. butter
  • 2 tbsps. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 tbsps. apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag European blend salad greens
  • 1 red pear
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 slices crisp cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Directions

  • Step 1

    BLEND together softened butter with sugar, 1 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of the ground red pepper; spread mixture over bread slices. Toast bread in oven on both sides until crisp; cool. Cut each slice of bread into quarters; reserve.

  • Step 2

    HEAT oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallots; sauté until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add raisins, apple cider, vinegar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper. Season with salt and paper as desired, stirring until hot and well blended. Remove from heat.

  • Step 3

    TOSS salad greens, pear and apple slices in large salad bowl. Stir warm vinaigrette mixture before adding to salad; toss salad. Divide mixture equally among 4 plates. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, walnuts and cheese. Serve immediately with reserved croutons.

  • Step 4

    *To toast walnuts: Place walnuts in dry nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned.

Serving size
(1/4 of recipe)

  • Calories 540
  • Calories from Fat300g
  • Total Fat 34g
  • Saturated Fat 10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 490mg
  • Potassium 0mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g
  • Dietary Fiber 8g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Protein 11g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 0%
  • Thiamin 0%
  • Niacin 0%
  • Zinc 0%
  • Riboflavin 0%
  • Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet