Grainy Creole mustard adds texture and a delightful kick to the dressing, and roasting the lemons and oranges heightens both the sweet and sour flavors, creating a wonderfully nuanced balance. If you can find satsuma oranges, definitely use them to add a bright sunshiny tang. You can make the vinaigrette and pecans several days ahead.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2014


Credit: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

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20 mins
50 mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings


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  • Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 to 5 inches from heat. Pat lemon and orange halves dry with a paper towel, and sprinkle cut sides with sugar. Place, cut side up, in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan, and broil 5 to 8 minutes or until caramelized and slightly softened. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes.

  • Squeeze juice from broiled citrus into a small bowl. Stir in vinegar and next 3 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let citrus mixture stand 10 minutes. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.

  • Toss together greens, onion slices, and apple slices with desired amount of vinaigrette in a large bowl. Refrigerate any remaining dressing to use later (up to 1 week). Season salad with salt and pepper, and toss again. Sprinkle with cheese and pecans.