RECIPES: Sweet-and-tangy Poppyseed Dressing and Easy Crispy Praline Pecans

 

THESE TASTY TOPPINGS accompany our Mixed Greens Salad with Fruit & Praline Pecans, found HERE.  Poppyseed dressing is great on almost any salad, and you can adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes.  The traditional recipe for this dressing calls for mayonnaise and granulated sugar, but we’ve created a healthier version.  We’re using plain, unsweetened, low-fat yogurt as our base, and maple syrup for sweetness. 

PRALINES

Pralines are a traditional confection from New Orleans, but we’ve added them as an unusual topping for our salad.  We’re using less sugar for a lighter coating; feel free to substitute ghee or any vegan vegetable spread as a replacement for the butter.


SWEET-AND-TANGY POPPYSEED DRESSING

1 cup Plain yogurt

3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (or honey)

1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

1 teaspoon Poppyseeds

Mix all ingredients; adjust to taste.  Serve with Summer Salad; store remainder in refrigerator.

 

EASY CRISPY PRALINE PECANS

1 cup Pecan halves

1 tablespoon of Butter

1 Tablespoon of Brown sugar

1 Tablespoon of water 

Melt butter in a nonstick frying pan. Add pecans; toss in butter. Brown over medium-low heat. Add brown sugar to pan; mix well. Add water; toss until sugar is melted and water has evaporated. Spoon onto a foil-lined metal baking dish. Place in freezer for 15 minutes (or until coating is hard).