Cape Cod Chopped Salad In Jars


This has to be the number one salad in our house, we have it with everything the original recipe is by The Barefoot Contessa but I have added a couple of extra twists ! I can assure you once you have tried this baby, there is no going back!!! As I decided to take this salad to the office today, I decided to put it into a jar, so I could easily dress the salad when I was ready. This is a great tip for lunchtime, easy, no mess eating !!
Cape Cod Chopped Salad
Makes 4-5 Jars
250g streaky bacon, I love The Boks brand from Tasmania which is available at good deli’s.
250g baby rocket or baby mixed leaves
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup toasted walnut halves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 punnet of fresh blueberries or strawberries
200g blue cheese, such as Roquefort, St Agur etc or if you don’t like blue cheese some nice soft feta or labna
For the dressing:
3 tablespoons good apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup good olive oil
Brands Recommended by The Gourmet Grocer
Maple Syrup-Nobel Handcrafted
Dijon Mustard-Luke Mangan
Cider Vinegar-Simon Johnson
All available from
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cover a greased baking tray with greaseproof paper, lay the bacon slices on the tray and drizzle with maple syrup. Roast the bacon for about 20 minutes, until nicely browned. Allow to cool and crisp.
For the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, mustard, maple syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and then pour the dressing into the bottom of your jars
On top of the dressing, layer the leaves, apple, walnuts, cranberries, strawberries or blueberries and blue cheese.
Chop the bacon in large pieces and add it to the salad.
Refrigerate jars until you are ready to eat, then tip the jar upside down to dress the salad and enjoy stright from the jar. If you dress the salad too far ahead the salad will go limp.






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