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Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d'Épice Dressing

The spices in this salad are like those in French gingerbread, or pain d'épice. If you make it with walnut oil, use walnuts; if you make it with hazelnut oil, use hazelnuts.

Sunset OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Total: 30 Minutes


  • 3/4 cup walnut halves or hazelnuts
  • 2 cups 1/2-in. cubes rustic multigrain loaf with crusts removed
  • 4 tablespoons roasted walnut oil* or roasted hazelnut oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • About 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 qts. lightly packed small lettuce leaves or pieces, preferably a mix of colors
  • 2 cups lightly packed frisée
  • 1 tart-sweet apple such as Jonathan, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put walnuts in a pie pan. In another pie pan, toss bread with 1 tbsp. oil. Bake walnuts and bread, stirring occasionally, until walnuts are golden and croutons are golden and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Coarsely chop nuts.

2. Whisk remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the zest, orange juice, spices, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently with lettuce, frisée, apple, nuts, and croutons. Add more salt and pepper to taste if you like.

*Find at well-stocked grocery stores and latourangelle.com

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 219
  • Calories from fat: 73%
  • Protein: 4.3g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 14g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d'Épice Dressing Recipe