Cape Cod Chopped Salad

  • For the salad
  • 250g thickly sliced rasher bacon
  • 250g baby rocket
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, diced
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 175g blue cheese, such as Roquefort, crumbled
  • For the dressing
  • 3 tbsps good apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsps freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 1/2 tsps Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps pure maple syrup
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 tbsps good olive oil
1) Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.

2) Place a baking rack on a sheet tray and lay the rasher bacon on the rack. Roast the bacon for about 20 minutes, until nicely browned. Allow to cool.

3) In a large bowl, toss together the rocket, apple, walnuts, cranberries and blue cheese.

4) For the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, mustard, maple syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and the pepper in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

5) Chop the bacon into large pieces and add it to the salad. Toss the salad with just enough dressing to moisten. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and toss well.

Serve immediately.

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