Spinach Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette - Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette



Our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is meeting again, this month we are featuring Regional Cooking.

I was born and raised in Quebec. It is a tradition for Quebecers to go to the sugar shack in the Spring and eat a good meal. The meal, also called “Sugar time feast” is compose of the pea soup, ham, omelette, pork beans, the “oreilles de crisse” (salted back bacon), fruit ketchup, and potatoes. For desert, the pancakes & donuts are served with maple syrup. It is served family style, they bring big plates on the table and we served ourselves as we wish.

My parents had friends that had a sugar shack and helped during the Spring to make maple syrup. We always had real maple syrup on our table all year long. Now that I have left home it is a tradition, in the Spring, for my parents to send me a big box of maple syrup. When I open the box it reminds me of so many childhood memories.

I wanted to share my tradition with my 'Virtual Cooking Friends' and decided to bring a dish that would feature a product from the region that I was born.

I made a delicious Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette. I substituted the spinach for local grown lettuce and apples with yellow plums. All the flavors of the vinaigrette are going so well together. You can add candied walnuts for added crunch.

Below is the type of dishes we made along with a link to each virtual supper club member's blog. Make sure you click on their names to visit their blog and see what they brought to the table.

Appetizer - Val: Herbed Goat Cheese
Salad - Helene: Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
Entrée - Jamie: Pan-seared Shrimp Po-boys
Dessert - Aggie: Key Lime Pie
Dessert - Shelby: Double Maple Cupcakes

Recipe:
Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette - Cooking Light

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  1. Wow! What a colourful and nice recipe! Love it!

    Cheers,

    Miette.

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  2. The salad is gorgeous Helene! Looks absolutely delish! Thank you for bringing this dish to our Virtual Table!

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  3. Your salad is beautiful Helene!! It was great cooking with you again this month!!

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  4. Your Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette looks totally delicious!

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  5. What a gorgeous photo, I love that fork too!
    We took the kids to a sugar shack up north when they were younger, so much fun!

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  6. Hurray for Key Lime Pie. I have a post of one I made coming up. Is fruit ketchup made how it sounds?

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  7. Helene,
    Looks like a wonderful, healthy salad. I bet the maple syrup is so good where you live. Thanks for "bringing" this salad to our supper club.

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  8. Thanks for bringing this delicious salad to our Supper Club Helene. I love how you have created a dish that honours both your roots in Quebec and what is available to you in BC.

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  9. It was so nice of you to send me the link for this as a preview! I love the idea of using plums - after Dorie's dimply plum cake, they're a new favoritue for me!

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  10. What a lovely salad to share with such lovely memories. I can't wait to try this one. Blessings...Mary

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  11. Delicious salad helene! Love that you add some seasonal fruit in your salad.

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  12. I love how you have captured the natural light onto those already beautiful plums!!! Gorgeous salad!!!

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  13. I love the flavors in this salad, and I absolutely love the photo! The ingredients really shine! Ahh, the smells of childhood, isn't it funny how we can carry them almost subconsciously throughout our lives?

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  14. How great to receive maple syrup every year! Your vinaigrette sounds fantastic, and the salad is gorgeous.

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  15. Wonderful shot and a great summery recipe!

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  16. A delightful salad! The Maple-dijon dressing sound really delicious and I love the idea of adding the yellow plums!

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  17. What a delicious looking salad. Interesting about the foods of Quebec. I'm thinking about a trip there next month--I have always wanted to go but never had the chance until now. I really look forward to eating there!

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  18. simple ingredients, beautiful colors, wonderful flavors—this is truly a winning salad!

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  19. Nice summer salad here. Perfect for the sweet fruit that's out now.

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  20. Ah sugar shack... I ate so much of "tire sur la neige" every time I went there, I almost always became sick!

    I love your pic and your salad :)

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  21. What a nice story! This maple vinaigrette sounds just delicious!

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  22. What a fantastic choice. I love the salad, it sounds absolutely delicious and healthful!

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  23. Oh, how do you find time to do all this! Cooking great recipes, having a challenging job, blogging (plural) .. you stun me!

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  24. Beautiful colors in the salad, and it sounds so delicious. The candied walnuts are the perfect touch. I love reading about your memories.

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  25. That's a beautiful combination of apples and plums! I've been experimenting with different kinds of fruits and love the idea of using more fruits in green salads.

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  26. Your blog gets more and more lovely with each passing day!
    I have to bring a salad to a dinner this weekend... think I just found the one!

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  27. I LOVE yellow plums, we have a whole bunch at home right now! This salad looks like a great adaptation of the original recipe!

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  28. The Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette sounds fabulous and a must try!

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  29. What a beautiful salad photograph, Helene! I loved hearing about your tradition of trips to the sugar shack. Memories mixed with food - what a powerful combination.

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  30. I didn't know about those traditions, it's great to keep them when you live far away. Your salad looks wonderful, like you can feel the flavor of the plums through the picture.

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  31. Beautiful presentation and photo! And that salad looks delicious Helene. I love that you replaced the apples with plums!

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  32. vat a delightful salad.. so beautiful and colorful.. m sure this will taste heavenly :)
    cheers!!

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  33. How fun to read about the sugar shack and your childhood memories in Quebec! This salad looks wonderful, so simple, so elegant, so tasty!

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