One of my favorite casual restaurants is my neighborhood pub, Hobnob. It has good food, I like the staff, and a nice selection of beer and infused liquors. One of my favorite things on their menu is a “Base Salad” – greens, apples, pecan-crusted goat cheese, cranberries and other ingredients, topped with their signature dressing that they describe as a maple-beer dressing. I have no idea what’s in the dressing, or even what it tastes like on its own since I only have it served on my salad. But that said, I decided I’d try to create my own version of their salad.
For the dressing, I whisked together in a small bowl:
- 1 Tbsp. coarse-grained mustard
- 1 tsp. dry mustard (I like Coleman’s)
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar (preferably unfiltered)
- 2 Tbsp. beer
The amount of dry mustard can be adjusted according to your taste. As I made it, there was a bit of bite from the mustard, which I like.
Next combine in a large bowl:
- salad greens (I used red and green leaf lettuce, frissee, and radish greens)
- carrots, diced
- apple (peeled and cored), diced
- sunflower seeds
- crumbled goat cheese
- dried cranberries
Toss the salad with the prepared dressing, then serve on plates.