Celery + Fennel Salad with Caramel Apple Sea Salt Vinaigrette & Bacon

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I'm sure you're like "Another salad recipe?!", but I just can't help myself guys! Each week we have a staff meal and I inevitably  add a salad to the menu. The girls in the kitchen all told me that I'm the queen of salads, and that's just fine by me. Like I told you last time I can't stop nibbling on greens! In the fall and winter I like to add warm cozy flavors to my salads like sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin and pecans! For this salad I chose walnuts, fennel and our Caramel Apple + Sea Salt Jam. Now I know this jam is typically a sweet dessert style jam, but it makes such a unique and delicious vinaigrette! 

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To create the Celery + Fennel Salad with Caramel Apple Sea Salt Vinaigrette & Bacon you need:

  • 6 Cups of baby mixed greens
  • 1 bulb of fennel sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 2 sticks of celery sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 1 granny smith apple peeled, and sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 1/2 cup of roasted walnuts
  • 1/2 pound of bacon fried and crumbled into bits
  • 4 oz olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 4 thyme sprigs 
  • 2 tb of Caramel Apple + Sea Salt Jam

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add lettuce, fennel, celery, apple, walnuts and bacon. Toss!
  2. In one of my left over 1/2 pint mason jars I added the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic clove, the leaves from the thyme sprigs and the Caramel Apple Sea Salt Jam. Then I put on the lid and shook it like crazy! 
  3. Next I dressed the salad and tossed it again. Each person kinda likes a different amount of dressing so if you have left overs that's cool too! 
  4. That's it! Enjoy! For me this salad served 5 of us in a normal sized salad bowl.
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