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Fall green salad with apples, nuts, and pain d'épice dressing recipe

Recipe from: Margo True, Sunset Magazine's food editor

Serves: 6

Time: 30 minutes

The spices in this salad are like those in French gingerbread, or pain d'épice. If you make it with walnut oil, use walnuts; if you make it with hazelnut oil, use hazelnuts.


  • 3/4 cup walnut halves or hazelnuts
  • 2 cups 1/2-in. cubes rustic multigrain loaf with crusts removed
  • 4 tbsp. roasted walnut oil or roasted hazelnut oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. each cinnamon and ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. each nutmeg and ground cloves
  • About 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 qts. lightly packed small lettuce leaves or pieces, preferably a mix of colors
  • 2 cups lightly packed frisée
  • 1 tart-sweet apple such as Jonathan, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put walnuts in a pie pan. In another pie pan, toss bread with 1 tbsp. oil. Bake walnuts and bread, stirring occasionally, until walnuts are golden and croutons are golden and crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Coarsely chop nuts.
  2. Whisk remaining 3 tbsp. oil, the zest, orange juice, spices, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently with lettuce, frisée, apple, nuts, and croutons. Add more salt and pepper to taste if you like.

Per Serving: 219 Cal., 73% (159 cal.) from fat; 4.3 g protein; 18 g fat (1.6 g sat.); 14 g carbo (3.9 g fiber); 99 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

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