Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing / Winter Salad

We love keeping life as simple as we can, where we can. When it comes to the kitchen, simple can become gourmet when it’s paired carefully together. The following recipe is exactly that. We have created an incredible Winter Salad using our recipe for Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing and have also partnered with a local cheese company – Dancing Goats Farm.

“After successful ballet careers, Paul and Craig started searching for their next passions. Combining Craig’s love for animals and good food, especially cheese and Paul’s love for community and building relationships Dancing Goats Farm was born.​

As farmstead cheese makers, our recipes start with the ethical care of our goats. Natural pasture access, on our 128 acre farm forty-five minutes north-east of Calgary, is the first step to great cheese. This ensures the milk we use is wholesome and fresh.

Walking the milk a few paces to our cheese studio is the next step. Made in small batches, we are proud of the variety and quality of our cheese. This natural, hands-on approach continues with all our processes. It is a quality you can taste.”

We can vouch for the quality! Dancing Goat’s Farm cheese is so delicious! We knew instantly what cheese we needed to pair with our salad.

To create our Winter Salad, you’ll begin by making one batch of Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing. Dividing this in half, you’ll roast the prepped brussel sprouts and hazelnuts together with half of the dressing.

While the brussel sprouts and hazelnuts are cooking, begin to prep all your other ingredients. Wash the kale and mixed greens, crumble the Dancing Goats Farm Trata cheese and slice the procsuitto!

While you’re prepping all the other ingredients, don’t forget about your brussel sprouts and hazelnuts roasting in the oven. You’ll need to stir these every 10 minutes or so and ensure they don’t burn with the dressing. Also, you’ll add the sliced proscuitto for the last 5 minutes. Oh yummy. It’s all so simple and yet the perfect pairing coming together.

Once everything is cooked; pour the remainder of the mixed Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing over everything and gently toss. Crumble a little extra Dancing Goats Farm Trata cheese…one can never have too much!

Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing / Winter Salad

Recipe by cutcookingCourse: Main, saladsCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy


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A delicious winter salad that pairs simple ingredients and then serves to be exquisite. Roasted hazelnuts, brussel sprouts and proscuitto bring the warmth of December to the mixed greens and kale. Topped with local Dancing Goats Farm Trata cheese, this salad will be an absolute win!


  • Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp gluten-free dijon mustard

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

  • pinch of salt and pepper

  • Winter Salad
  • 3 cups brussel sprouts, cut in half or quartered if large

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts (filberts)

  • 125g gluten-free proscuitto, sliced

  • 4 cups mixed greens

  • 4 cups kale, chopped

  • 1 cup craisins

  • 140g Dancing Goats Farm Trata cheese, crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Mix all ingredients for Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing in jar or small container.
  • On baking tray, combine sliced brussel sprouts and hazelnuts.
  • Pour half of the Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing over brussel sprouts and hazelnuts; toss them well in dressing.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, stir and bake for additional 10 minutes.
  • While brussel sprouts and hazelnuts are baking, prep and combine the rest of the ingredients for salad. Set sliced proscuitto aside and reserve a bit of Trata cheese.
  • After brussel sprouts and hazelnuts have baked for 20 minutes, add sliced proscuitto to the baking tray and gently stir. Bake for additional 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked ingredients to cool salad ingredients and gently toss together with remaining half of the Rocky Mountain Balsamic Dressing.
  • Top with additional Dancing Goats Farm Trata Cheese if desired. Lol, trust us, you will!