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Fall Salad with Roasted Shallot-Crown Maple Vinaigrette

Don’t you just love fall? The crispness of the air, the falling leaves, the promise of cool nights spent snuggled up by the fire with family.

Fall gets so beautiful here at Crown Maple Farm in Dutchess County, NY, and although I love to cook year round, there’s something very comforting about fall food.

In keeping with the fall theme, I wanted to share a recipe with you that I just tried and my family absolutely loved. It’s a fall salad with a dressing made using Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup. It’s also got crumbled goat cheese and pistachios – try it, I think you’ll love it, too!

What's your favorite fall recipe? I hope you'll take a moment and share it with us through our Recipe of the Month contest. Get your recipe in today and you could win a Crown Maple Trio.

Fall Salad with Roasted Shallot-Crown Maple Vinaigrette


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small shallot
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2  tablespoons Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup
2 tablespoons sherry or balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 cups loosely packed baby salad greens
1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted pistachios
2 ounces goat cheese crumbled


To make the vinaigrette, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small baking dish, combine the olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 15 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Strain the olive oil and set aside, reserving the shallot and garlic. Let cool.

In a blender or food processor, combine the reserved shallot, garlic, mustard, Crown Maple Medium Amber Syrup, vinegar, and salt. Blend until smooth. With the blender or food processor running, gradually add the reserved olive oil in thin stream. Season with pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the greens and pistachios. Toss with a little of the vinaigrette until lightly coated. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Divide the tossed greens among 4 plates and top with the goat cheese. 

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