To make the dressing add the following ingredients to a mason jar and shake well: vinegar, grated orange zest, orange juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and olive oil.
In a large bowl add the romaine lettuce, bacon, apple, pecans, cranberries, and blue cheese. Toss with a small amount of dressing and serve!
If you want to make this salad ahead, don't add the dressing until you are ready to serve it.Also, for the best results, wait to chop and add the apple just before tossing everything together to keep them from turning brown. This dressing recipe makes enough for two complete salads. Refrigerate the unused portion and save for another meal.I used romaine lettuce in this recipe, but you can use any lettuce you have on hand or like.I usually bake my bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes. You can also cook it in the microwave or fry it in a pan.To toast the pecans, place them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven. If you are toasting pecan halves, toast them for approximately 10 minutes, if you are toasting pieces, toast them for about five minutes.