Dry roast pecans in a skillet over medium heat. Watch carefully stirring occasionally. When they start to brown and smell fragrant, remove the skillet from the heat. Toss with 1 tablespoon maple syrup, sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt, if desired. Spread out to cool.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar with a lid. Shake to emulsify.
Apple Cheddar Smoked Salmon Salad
Add mixed greens in a shallow serving bowl. Arrange apple slices, smoked salmon chunks, cheddar cheese and maple-glazed pecans on top. Garnish the salad with a sprinkling of freshly snipped chives, dill, or parsley. Toss with Maple Dressing just before serving.