Ina's Cape Cod Salad

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This is a lovely fall salad. I think the reason it is called a "Cape Cod" Salad is because of the cranberries? which by the way, I omitted, because I don't like dried cranberries in my salad (and no thank you to craisins either!).

Ina cooks her bacon on a rack in a 400F degree oven, I cooked mine the old fashioned way, I fried it.

She recommends Societe B blue cheese, but since I could not find that brand, I used a nice Roquefort. Any crisp fall apple will do and the maple orange dressing was a great pairing with the toasted walnuts and arugula.

Cape Cod Salad (adapted from Barefoot Contessa):

1 bag of baby arugula
6 slices of bacon, cut into pieces and fried crisp
1/2 cup of toasted walnuts
1/4 cup of blue cheese, cut into chunks
1 crisp apple, cored and cubed
1/4 cup dried cranberries, optional


2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp orange juice
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil (or more to taste)
kosher salt & pepper

Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.

Fry bacon pieces until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Assemble salad with all ingredients and lightly toss with dressing.
Serve immediately.



The JR said…
Just as you, I would have made a sub or two. No blue cheese or dijon for me.
I would eat this up in a heartbeat with lots of dried cranberries or craisens!
mil said…
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... Now my mouth is watering. Love it!!!
I can make that one, nice and easy.
Dewi said…
Beautiful salad !
you know i live on cape cod and this salad is no where to be found. go figure right? i hate craisins too, they are like frankenfood to me. i love this in warm naan bread.
One of my favorite fall salads, especially when I mix it up and use a really ripe Comice, Seckel or Bosc pear.
Steve said…
Looks great. We are on the same wave length. I did a similar salad last week with apples, blue cheese, and a maple vinaigrette. Great minds. I'll wait a while to post it! Have a great weekend.
Jen_from_NJ said…
I just bought Societe Roquefort at TJ's yesterday. I will try it in this salad. Your salad looks perfectly dressed by the way - something I have trouble with!
Foodiewife said…
Too funny. I made a very similar salad on Saturday, but didn't photograph it or blog it. I needed a detox from vacation food. I used baby spring mix, Gorgonzola, walnuts, sliced apples, dried cranberries and golden raisins. The vinaigrette was darn close, too.
It's divine.
Anonymous said…
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You always have some very nice meals/sides/etc and this is no exception.

I've had something similar with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing (without the cranberries obviously) that was out of this world - bet this will be as well. Need to add this to my list of salads for the rotation.