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REC: Maple Pecan, Orange n Green Salad with Pecan Garlic Dressing

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Posted to Thread #10514 at 12:53 am on Apr 29, 2008

I think this was originally posted at the old Gail's...

Maple Pecan, Orange n Green Salad with Pecan Garlic Dressing
This won first prize at the 5th Annual Garlic Festival in 1996

1/2 head romaine, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 bunch spinach, washed, stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup pecan halves
2 tbl. maple syrup
1/2 cup sliced red onion

In non-stick frying pan, combine pecans and maple syrup. Cook slowly, stirring, until pecans are coated with syrup and are caramelized [this will happen very fast and you will know they are done as soon as the liquid disappears from the pan and sticks to the pecans]. Remove from pan and cool on plate.
Place greens in large bowl. Add oranges, mapled pecans and onion slices. Cover and refrigerate. Toss with dressing just before serving.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
8 pecan halves
2 tbl. brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Place all in blender or food processor and process until well blended. Use as much as needed for salad.
Note: Do not add the mapled pecans or dressing until ready to serve.

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