Great Tastes of Manitoba

Harvest Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

65 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 50 minutes | Servings: 4


  • 2 Tbsp canola oil plus more for frying (30 mL)
  • 2 medium Peak of the Market yellow onions, sliced* (2)
  • 1-140g goat cheese log (1)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (60 mL)
  • 1 Countryside Farms Vita Egg, lightly beaten (1)
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs (75 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp of salt (1 mL)
  • 8 cups of baby arugula (2 L)
  • 1 medium apple, sliced (honeycrisp, gala, or ambrosia) (1)


  • 1/4 cup canola oil (60 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (15 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp whole grain mustard (15 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (15 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)



  1. In a shallow pan over medium-high heat, add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil. Add onions and sauté for 7 minutes, or until soft and beginning to brown.  Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook. When the pan becomes too dry and onions begin to stick, add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of water to deglaze the pan. Continue to stir. Repeat until onions are a deep chestnut brown, about 40 minutes.
  2. Unwrap goat cheese and transfer to a small plate or cutting board. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until partially frozen.
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat, toast sliced almonds by stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.
  5. Remove goat cheese from freezer and slice into 8 rounds.
  6. In a medium bowl add whisked egg. In a second medium bowl, add panko and salt. Stir to combine. Dredge each goat cheese round into the egg, followed by the panko mixture. Press in breadcrumbs ensuring each round is well coated on both sides.
  7. In a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, add enough canola oil to just cover the bottom of the pan. Heat oil until it shimmers on the surface.
  8. Fry goat cheese rounds for 30-45 seconds per side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  9. Assemble the salad by topping arugula with apples, onions, goat cheese rounds and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.

*Make a double batch of onions. Add them to sandwiches, pastas, pizza or wraps for a delicious sweet and smoky treat. Store in fridge for 3-5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Pairs well with Zuccardi Q Chardonnay

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