Watch your back, Caesar! This salad could be the next national favorite and was inspired by a salad I had at a seafood restaurant in Healdsburg, CA. With apple slices, romaine lettuce, Cheddar cheese, fresh herbs, toasted pecans, and Dijon vinaigrette, it's amazing.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
34 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dressing:
Toasted Pecans:
Salad:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place Dijon mustard, vegetable oil, seasoned rice vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and cayenne into a bowl. Whisk thoroughly until well blended, about a minute. Transfer to an easy-to-pour container.

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  • Place pecans in a skillet over medium heat. Drizzle with vegetable oil. Cook and stir until pecans smell toasty and have darkened slightly, 1 or 2 minutes. Sprinkle with kosher salt and sugar. Cook and stir another minute; remove from heat. Transfer to a plate to cool.

  • Place romaine pieces into a large bowl. Add apple slices, dill, tarragon, and a handful of pecans, reserving some for garnish. Grate Cheddar lightly onto salad, reserving some for garnish. Drizzle in some dressing and toss. Taste and add more salt or dressing if desired. You make not need all of the dressing.

  • Garnish with a few toasted pecans and some grated Cheddar cheese.

Chef's Note:

The dressing should be sharp and acidic, but please adjust to your taste.

Nutrition Facts

404 calories; protein 6.7g 13% DV; carbohydrates 19g 6% DV; fat 35.3g 54% DV; cholesterol 14.8mg 5% DV; sodium 830.7mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2017
It's difficult to get excited about a salad but this one was a winner when I made it for my sous chef mother-in-law and her highly discerning palate. Her daughter loved it too.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/01/2019
I followed the recipe to the letter no changes or additions whatsoever. I thought it was awful and couldn t even finish eating it -- I tossed out the remainder. The sharp and acidic dressing coupled with the sharp cheese was just too much. My dinner guests didn't like it either. Dill and tarragon are great on their own but combined are AWFUL. Read More
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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2017
It's difficult to get excited about a salad but this one was a winner when I made it for my sous chef mother-in-law and her highly discerning palate. Her daughter loved it too.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2019
I doubled the dressing recipe and used half to marinade chicken breasts for a couple hours in the fridge, then sautéed in a nonstick pan over medium until cooked through, sliced and added to the salad. It was delicious, and the chicken made it a filling dinner. Also added a few shakes of dried tarragon in lieu of fresh and skipped the salt and sugar on the toasted pecans, didn’t miss it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/28/2019
I followed the recipe to the letter no changes or additions whatsoever. I thought it was awful and couldn t even finish eating it -- I tossed out the remainder. The sharp and acidic dressing coupled with the sharp cheese was just too much. My dinner guests didn't like it either. Dill and tarragon are great on their own but combined are AWFUL. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2018
I love Dijon mustard.....but I was worried this might be too much Dijon even for me. But it was fantastic. I didn't use all the dressing at once so I have tried it on different greens spinach rocket leafy green and it's great on all of them. I will also make the salty/sweet pecans for other salads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2017
Delicious and filling with unique flavors. I made this exactly as shown on the recipe. I will be making it often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2018
It was good as is but the next day I made it again adding chunks of chicken I made using this recipe for dijon mustard honey chicken and cranberries and it was the best salad I've ever had in my life. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2020
Great substitute for Cesar salad. E tu Brutus? Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2018
I might add a bit more sweetness next time. It s fairly tart with the vinegar Dijon and apples... but overall it s good! I liked the pecans. Yummy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2019
Perfect. I even found Little Gem lettuce--very pricey and I think with all the sharp tastes romaine would do just fine. I let my guest dress his own salad which is probably safest. Read More