Asian Pear, Mache, Feta, & Bacon Salad with Coarse-grain Mustard & Molasses Vinaigrette Recipe

The vinaigrette for this salad is slightly sweetened by brown sugar and a touch of molasses. The mild favor of the molasses plays really well with the Asian pear and peppery walnuts in the salad.
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Summary

Cuisine

Ingredients

For the vinaigrette
 Coarse grain mustard1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
 Molasses1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Brown sugar1⁄4 Teaspoon (Packed)
 Red wine vinegar2 Tablespoon
 Freshly cracked black pepper To Taste
 Kosher salt1 Pinch
 Olive oil3 Tablespoon
For the salad
 Asian pear1 , core removed, sliced thin
 Mache6 Cup (96 tbs) (Can Substitute Any Green)
 Feta1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), crumbled
 Cooked bacon4 , crumbled
For the peppery candied walnut
 Walnuts1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Light corn syrup2 Tablespoon
 Brown sugar1 Tablespoon (Packed)
 Salt3⁄4 Teaspoon
 Freshly cracked black pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Red pepper flakes1⁄8 Teaspoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1976 Calories from Fat 1194

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 139 g213.4%

Saturated Fat 27.5 g137.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 96 mg

Sodium 3541.4 mg147.6%

Total Carbohydrates 118 g39.2%

Dietary Fiber 41.5 g166%

Sugars 40.7 g

Protein 80 g160.9%

Vitamin A 7.4% Vitamin C 12.3%

Calcium 50.1% Iron 26.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

For the Salad:
1) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette except olive oil until thoroughly combined. While continuing to whisk constantly, slowly drizzle in olive oil to form an emulsifed vinaigrette. Adjust seasoning to taste with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing for garnish.
2) Add mache and sliced pear to vinaigrette and toss to coat.
4) Divide salad evenly among four plates. Sprinkle each salad with crumbled feta, bacon, and candied walnuts (see below). To garnish, drizzle a teaspoon of reserved vinaigrette around the perimeter of the plate.

For the Peppery Candied Walnuts:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2) Mix together all candied walnut ingredients in abowl until walnuts are evenly coated.
3) Pour walnuts onto prepared baking sheet and scatter into a single layer.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until nuts turn a deep golden. Stir every 5 minutes to prevent nuts from burning.
5) Remove from oven. Cool nuts completely on the pan. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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