Apple-Pear Salad with Maple-Pecan Bacon

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buff Hargett

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours

Ingredients

8 thick bacon slices
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans
2 (5-oz.) packages gourmet salad greens
1 large Bartlett pear
1 large Gala apple
1 cup halved seedless red grapes
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Dip bacon slices in syrup, allowing excess to drip off; press pecans onto both sides of bacon. Arrange bacon slices in a single layer on rack, and bake 20 minutes; turn bacon slices, and bake 5 to 10 more minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes. Cut bacon crosswise into 1-inch pieces.

2. Place salad greens on a serving platter. Cut pear and apple into thin slices; toss with salad greens. Top with grapes, cheese, and bacon.

3. Serve salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Note:

October 2011