Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of Quality’s Yacon Syrup at no charge for the purpose of a product review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give them a positive review.
Last week I talked about how much I love Lattes. Well, I also LOVE blue cheese and apple salads. If you don’t like apple and cheese together, there’s something wrong with you. Or maybe there’s something wrong with me, like Apple and Cheese OCD. *Long awkward pause* Nah! (Obsessive Compulsive Food Disorder? Moving on.)
Yacon syrup is a natural metabolic booster with some great health benefits. It comes from the Yacon root. It’s also used as a low calorie, sugar free sweetener, because the syrup is very sweet. The syrup is of a thicker consistency, but it is still quite viscous. It tastes like a cross between chocolate and licorice. The most obvious uses are to just eat the syrup (which is pretty tasty) or add it to your coffee as a sweetener. The uses, however, are endless. I created a salad dressing, replacing the sugar with the Yacon Syrup. Surprisingly, the flavors did not carry over, just the sweet. Quality has a Yacon Syrup recipe contest going on right now, to celebrate and reward the many uses for Yacon Syrup. Pop on over and check it out…but first, check out the recipe I created for them!
Blue Cheese, Walnut, Apple, and Yacon Syrup Salad
5 cups of lettuce
2-3 green apples, chopped
4 oz blue cheese
5 oz walnuts
5 tablespoons of Quality Yacon Syrup
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1. Chop the lettuce and place in a Ziploc bag for storage.
2. Chop the apples and place in a Ziploc bag. Spritz some lemon juice into the bag to keep the apples from turning brown.
3. Add one cup of lettuce to a bowl. Place about .8 ounces blue cheese crumbles on the lettuce. Add one ounce of walnuts. Add a handful of apples to the salad (about 1/2 – 2/3 cups).
4. Add the Yacon syrup and vinegar to a microwave safe jar and heat for 15 seconds. Stir until well mixed.
5. Add the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and shake.
6. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing to the salad.
5 Servings, 387 calories, 26.9g fat, 42.6g carbohydrates, 7.4g protein