Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Maple Salad with Gouda, Pecans and Dried Cranberries

8 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 5 Comments

This will be my last maple syrup idea for a while, I promise!

I just came home from Vermont so inspired with my big ol’ jug and it’s so darn good!

This salad came out way better than I thought because honestly, there’s nothing to it! The idea is so easy and tasty, I didn’t even miss “traditional” dressing. Using a little maple syrup brings together the cheese, pecans and cranberries so well. Just like the honey did on my My Certosa-Inspired Cabbage Salad.

Oh! And speaking of cheese, I was so excited to see my local Walmart carrying the gouda!

Mini Babybel Gouda

It’s one of my favorites and another reason this salad happened. It goes so fabulously with pecans and dried cranberries. Just a super combo if you ask me.
Maple Salad with Gouda, Pecans and Dried Cranberries

Here’s what I did, and yes, I realize maple syrup on a salad sounds, well, weird but I’m telling you, this was GOOD! Really. All it took was the tinniest little drizzle.

  • About 3 cups of a romaine salad mix or lettuce of your choice
  • 8 grape tomatoes
  • 1 Mini Babybel Gouda
  • 1/2 oz (14g) pecans
  • 1/2 oz (14g) dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tbsp (10g) maple syrup

Pile the lettuce and tomatoes on a plate.

Cut the Mini Babybel into small chunks.

Top the lettuce with the cheese, pecans and cranberries.

Drizzle with the syrup!


Maple Salad with Gouda, Pecans and Dried Cranberries

It really can’t get much easier than that!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
300 16g 5g old: 6.5 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
19g 5g 29g 8g

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    May 11, 2013

    Swapping the pecans for cashews, but like the dried cranberries idea.

    Amy Gladwell

    May 13, 2013

    OMG babybel - haven't had these since I was a kid. Looks like a delicious salad too :)


    May 17, 2013

    I love eating salads, my fav eatable.


    June 4, 2013

    I am the biggest FETA and blue cheese crumbles freak... and I love croutons, alot of them. :(

    maisto papildas lifpo rush lieknejimui

    June 6, 2013

    I love gouda and pecans, so these salats shoulb be delicious for me.