Monday, April 25, 2011

Sweet Spring - Maple Walnut Salad

Maple Walnut Salad
In the right season, this salad can be made almost entirely with local ingredients. See the sources below.

2 apples
7 cm chunk (3 in) English cucumber
1/2 head butter lettuce
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
3 tbsp dried cherries
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp milk
2 tsp apple cidre vinegar
Dash salt

Peel, seed and chop the apple. Chop the cucumber to the same size as the apple. Chop the lettuce into ribbons. Mix the vegetables with the onion, dried cherries and walnuts. Make the dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise, maple syrup, milk, vinegar and salt. Toss the dressing with the salad just before serving.

Sources
Apples: There are several apple orchards around the province, such as the Petrofka Bridge Orchard north of Saskatoon. Of course, they won't have apples until August.
Cucumber and Lettuce: Currently available at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Red Onion: Also at the Farmers' Market later in the summer and, I'm sure, many other markets around the province.
Dried Cherries: I received these dried cherries from a friend. They are not yet commercially available, but may be soon. Check with the Saskatchewan Fruit Growers Association. Or, try drying them yourselves in cherry season (August).
Walnuts: Not local!
Mayo: If you're a good cook, make your own mayonnaise with local eggs and canola oil.
Maple Syrup: Two sources for Saskatchewan maple syrup, both at Kamsack:
Gerry at Leprechaun Taps: 306-542-4220
Allen at Assiniboine River Taps: 306-590-8333
Milk: Dairyland brand in the grocery store.
Apple Cidre Vinegar: A new product from Petrofka Bridge Orchard, also for sale at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Salt: Buy Sifto salt, which is mined in Saskatchewan near Unity.

1 comment:

Alexa said...

wow!this is perfect!so yum! can't wait to try this!my kiddos will surelly love this.