Cranberry Butter Lettuce Salad – We Heart Local BC

Cranberry Butter Lettuce Salad

Cranberry Butter Lettuce Salad

Submitted by: BC Cranberry Marketing Commission

Photo and recipe courtesy of BC Cranberry Marketing Commission. For more delicious recipes visit www.bccranberries.com
Ingredients
Dressing:
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp.cranberry vinegar or white wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad:
4 slices bacon, diced
1 large butter lettuce
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup candied walnuts (recipe follows)
Candied Walnuts:
½ cup walnut halves
1 Tbsp maple syrup
½ Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
1. Place cranberries and sugar in a processor and pulse a few times to chop the berries.  In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise and vinegar together.  Gradually whisk in the oil, then the cheese and cranberries.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  (Note the dressing will be quite thick, thin with more white wine vinegar if desired.)
2. Sauté bacon in heavy skillet over med-high heat until crisp.  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
3. Tear the lettuce into large pieces into the salad bowl.  Add the bacon, dried cranberries and the walnuts.  Toss the salad with enough dressing to coat.  Serve, passing the rest of the dressing.
4. Preheat oven to 325º.  Oil baking sheet. Combine walnuts and remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat. Spread the mixture on the sheet, separating the nuts. Bake until the nuts are golden, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.  Watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn. Transfer the nuts to a sheet of parchment paper to cool, separating any that stick together.

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