Hilltops Black Walnut Salad

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The walnuts are falling along with the leaves…let’s celebrate with a fall-flavored salad

Red oak lettuce, Granny Smith apple, candied Black Walnuts, fresh Lake Erie Creamery goat cheese with apple-balsamic dressing

Apple Balsamic Dressing
1/2 Olive Oil
¼ cup Apple Cider
¼ Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
¼ tsp Pummull Spice
Salt/Pepper to taste

10 cups of torn red oak lettuce
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored,
cut into matchstick-size strips
6 Goat cheese rounds/slices
1 Tbls Amazing Rub (for Black Walnuts)
½ c *Spicy Candied Black Walnuts, broken (to candy*dip in egg white wash, roll lightly in Amazing Rub and baked in hot oven for 5-7 minutes

FOR DRESSING: Whisk Apple Cider, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens. Season to taste with Pummull spice ,salt and pepper.
(Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)

FOR SALAD: Toss greens, apples, walnuts in large bowl to combine. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Divide salad equally among plates.
Garnish with Goat Cheese Round, a few Walnuts.

Serves: 6

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