Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Make the dressing ahead of time by combining the vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and cider in a bowl or blender. Slowly whisk or blend in the olive and canola oils. Season with salt and pepper. You can adjust the bite or the sweetness of the vinaigrette by adding additional Dijon or maple syrup.
For the salad, cut segments from the citrus fruits. Slice the watermelon radish into thin whole slices. Toss mesclun with the radish, onion, citrus and dressing. Top with shaved Toussaint or your favorite Parmesan. Serve immediately.
3. Syrupy health and beauty
Several studies over the last few years have shown that maple syrup can help combat adult acne and rosacea. Ingesting maple syrup can fight these skin issues, but direct topical application helps as well. Needless to say, real maple syrup is key here - only the pure stuff! Combine with other natural and organic ingredients for a daily or weekly scrub or mask, or use straight maple syrup when needed.
4. Craft a cocktail
Maple syrup gives a depth of flavor and richness of texture when a sugar cube or simple syrup just won't cut it. Try 1/2 ounce of maple syrup in place of that sugar cube in your Old Fashioned or Mint Julep; replace the sugar with maple syrup in your Sazerac; or just squeeze a few drops of maple syrup into the bottom of your champagne flute.
5. Use it in a pickle
Maple syrup can be used to make flavorful and complex pickled vegetables. Add maple syrup to your pickling brine with chiles de árbol or red pepper flakes for amazing sweet-and-spicy pickled cauliflower, carrots, gherkins or onions.