Winter Salmon Salad with Maple-Miso Dressing & Last Chance to Get In on the DOLE Giveaway

It’s happening all up in ‘ere. The weather’s been perfectly enjoyable, but every now and again, I step through my front door only to be hit by the biting chill of winter. Dammit. I know it’s coming but it makes me angray. Some sort of conditioned response from the darling genetics of my ancestors?  I have no idea. These molecules of mine clearly did not come from the upper reaches of Antartica. They recoil at weather under 68 balmy degrees and I go running for a hot bath nearly nightly now. Total pansie.

Since it appears we’ll just have to inevitably accept the winter season as part of the humalong of life, I figure the best we can do it make our food properly festive and wintery. You were thinking that too, weren’t you? We so smart. Recipe down under, yo.

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Then go nab your fuzzy mittens and a giant salad bowl. Because we’re gonna do this winter thing. We’re gonna do it all good and delicious. And maybe we’re gonna do it with the best gol’-shakes salad dressing that ever was. Maple-Miso. You haven’t lived ’til you’ve licked it.


Winter Salmon Salad with Maple-Miso Dressing


For the Salad:
8-10 cups butter lettuce or DOLE spring salad mix
1/2 cup raw or candied walnuts (whatever you've got in the house!)
1 pear, sliced
1 sweet Potato, cooked until tender & cubed
1/2 pound " "> This Salmon Recipe
2 tablespoons sweet onions, diced

For the Dressing:
1 large clove garlic
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Ume Plum vinegar (optional)
1/3 cup light olive oil
1 tablespoon sweet white miso
pinch of dill


Toss all salad ingredients together.

In a blender, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Drizzle immediately over a very cold salad. Enjoy!