Sunday Dinner-Vermont Maple Blueberry Salad

Have you been to Zupas?
This salad is my attempt to recreate the most delicious lunch I had there. The salad is pretty simple, but the dressing was the tricky part. This is as close as I could get to theirs, and it’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

We had it with Chicken Pot Pie tonight and it was a perfect companion.


Vermont Maple Blueberry Salad

2 granny smith apples, diced
Romaine lettuce
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 C. candied nuts (I used almonds)
1 shallot
2 T. apple cider vinegar
3 T. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 C. extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:
The candied nuts need to be broken up somewhat.
Place them in a large ziplock bag and give them a good smack with a meat mallet or the back of a skillet.
Toss with the rest of the salad ingredients.
salad stuff
I made this salad for a party, but by dressing it too early, it became mushy and unappetizing to look at, so this time I let everyone dress their own.
For the dressing:
You need to end up with about 1 T. chopped shallot. I used half of this one…
Place shallot, vinegar, salt, pepper, and syrup in a food processor and puree.
Add olive oil gradually with the food processor on to emulsify.
The finished vinaigrette will be this color…
Dress just before serving.

I know this is a very simple dish, and almost doesn’t qualify as a recipe, but I wanted to share it because I love it so much and I just know you will too.
Try it!

AnnThursday January 31, 2013 - 7:55 am

Thanks for posting this! I ate at Zuppa’s for the first time last week and was bowled over by the quality of the food. After one bite of my salad I said “I MUST have this recipe!” so thanks for sharing.

LeslieSunday June 28, 2009 - 6:21 pm

Delicious!! I just used what I had on hand, so substituted feta for bleu cheese, and regular pecans for candied. Thank you SO much! This is my favorite Zupas salad.

RachelWednesday December 31, 2008 - 5:44 pm

Kelly this was so yummy. It was a smash with the ladies. I used pecans and they were so good with the apples. It was Adult Food without the big price tag :) Thanks for sharing another yummy treat.

KayLynnMonday December 29, 2008 - 4:24 pm

It all sounds delicious except I’m not sure about the maple. Is it very obvious?

RachelMonday December 29, 2008 - 4:22 pm

ohhh, I’m totally doing this on Wednesday. Having the VT ladies over for lunch, hey I know its the 31st but at least I’m getting it done. I’m going to try mandarin oranges instead of blueberries.

Angela DavidsonSunday December 28, 2008 - 11:23 pm

Thanks for the recipe. It looks GREAT!
I found your blog via Katie Hughes. She is the one who recommended you to take our wedding photos 7 1/2 years ago. I like your blog. After reading your blog, it is easy to see why you and Katie get along so well. You could both give Marthe Stewart a run for her money!

BrookeSunday December 28, 2008 - 9:52 pm

Beautiful! And it looks yummy too, which is always nice with food.

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