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Mixed Green Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters and Blueberry Dressing

This starter salad is a wonderful way to enjoy delicate spring greens and fresh blueberries. If time is short, skip making the Maple-Nut Clusters and simply sprinkle naked hemp seeds over the dressed greens. Note: blueberries have a high pectin content, so the dressing will thicken as it sits; use immediately, or thin with water as needed.

Ingredients: 

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Maple-Nut Clusters

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¼ cup hemp seeds
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¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
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1 pinch salt
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½ cup raw walnut halves
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1 ½ Tbs. pure maple syrup

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Salad

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1 ½ cups fresh blueberries, divided
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3 Tbs. hemp oil
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3 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
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12 cups mixed baby salad greens
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⅓ cup fresh mint leaves, minced

Instructions: 

1. To make Maple-Nut Clusters: Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix hemp seeds with cinnamon and salt in small bowl, and set aside.

2. Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts, and toast 4 to 5 minutes, or until fragrant, shaking pan often. Add hemp seed mixture, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in maple syrup, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cool, then break apart into clusters.

3. To make Salad: Purée 1/2 cup blueberries, hemp oil, and lemon juice in blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

4. Toss salad greens and mint in large bowl with 1/4 cup dressing. (Serve remaining 1/4 cup dressing on the side, if desired.) Divide greens among serving plates, and top each with remaining blueberries and Maple-Nut Clusters.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
267
Protein: 
6 g
Total Fat: 
12 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
Carbohydrates: 
30 g
Cholesterol: 
0 mg
Sodium: 
49 mg
Fiber: 
7 g
Sugar: 
15 g
Yield: 
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Made it without mint....so good

Delicious spring/summer salad! The maple nut clusters really make it something special. An aside: I think part of the nutrition facts are off on this. It states that it has 4 mg of cholesterol, but I don't see how it can have cholesterol in it when all of the ingredients are vegan.

Lovely, summery salad. Nice change from the regular. The mint and the maple nuts clusters really make it. I think I'll try it with strawberries next time for a little more tartness.

The maple nut clusters did not stick together for me. I followed the recipe exactly as written. What could have made this happen?

I saw this pop up on my feed again. I thought I'd comment again that my favourite addition to this salad is raspberries. It really is very delicious and well worth trying.

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