This Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad is one of our fall favorites! It’s a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors, and perfect for the holiday season.
Loaded with sweet apples, fresh cranberries, crispy bacon, crunchy pecans, goat cheese, green onions, and a light vinaigrette, this salad makes a beautiful and delicious addition to any holiday meal.
Whether you’re hosting a get together or just in charge of bringing the salad, this Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad is guaranteed to become your go-to recipe. It’s easy to make and always a hit!
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I don’t know exactly why, but I’m really good at letting the holidays creep up on me. I did it with Halloween, and then with Thanksgiving….and now I’m 99% sure I’m doing it with Christmas, too.
I guess it’s an avoidance tactic, right? Because the holidays are stressful….and there’s so much to do to get ready for them. So instead of facing it head on, and actually getting things ready, I choose to just not think about it.
Good plan, huh?
To be fair, I have given it some thought.
I do have a few Christmas decorations up. And I have done a tiny bit of shopping. And I’m clearly already thinking about food…(when am I not!?)…with this yummy Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad.
Now, I know you’re probably wondering who actually cares about salad at Christmastime…but if you ask me, it’s an essential part of the meal.
And between the gorgeous colors and the delicious flavors of this Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad, it really is the perfect addition to any holiday table!
My favorite part of it? The cranberries. I look forward to fresh cranberries all year, so I can finally make some of our favorites recipes. Like Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake and Cranberry Apple Sangria…and let’s not forget Holiday Cranberry Mules (the best!!)
So as soon as I saw fresh cranberries at Pick ‘n Save, you better believe I grabbed a few bags. And with their amazing selection of apples? This Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad was a no-brainer.
Made with mixed greens, honeycrisp apples, fresh cranberries, crispy bacon, pecans, goat cheese, and green onions, this salad has it all. A little savory, a little sweet, and a perfectly delicious homemade vinaigrette to top it off.
This salad will quickly become a favorite, not just for the holidays, but for lunch or dinner anytime. (You’re welcome!)
HOW DO YOU USE FRESH CRANBERRIES IN A SALAD?
The key to using fresh cranberries in a salad is to cook them slightly first. Not only does this soften them, but it helps to reduce their tartness. To cook fresh cranberries, simply combine 1 c. cranberries, 1/4 c. water and 1/3 c. sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat until cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat and cool, then add to your salad.
WHAT KIND OF APPLES DO YOU USE IN A SALAD?
You can use any type of apple in a salad, but they key is to balance the flavors. For this salad I chose to use honeycrisp apples, which are sweet, to balance out the flavor of the cranberries.
WHAT KINDS OF CHEESE CAN YOU USE IN PLACE OF GOAT CHEESE?
Any other soft, crumbly cheese would be a good substitution for goat cheese. My top choices would be feta or blue cheese, but you could also use parmesan, swiss, or even cheddar in this salad.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A BASIC VINAIGRETTE DRESSING?
- In a small container with a lid, combine 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar, 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey, 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1/8 tsp. salt.
- Shake vigorously until ingredients are well blended.
- Pour over salad as desired.
Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad
This Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad is one of our fall favorites! It's a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors, and perfect for the holiday season. Loaded with sweet apples, fresh cranberries, crispy bacon, crunchy pecans, goat cheese, green onions, and a light vinaigrette, this salad makes a beautiful and delicious addition to any holiday meal.
- 1 c. fresh cranberries
- 1/3 c. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. water
- 8 oz. mixed greens
- 1 honeycrisp apple, chopped
- 6 oz. bacon, cooked
- 1/2 c. pecan halves
- 3.5 oz. crumbled goat cheese
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- 1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/8 tsp. salt
Prepare cranberries by combining fresh cranberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-high heat until cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat and cool.
Prepare dressing by combining ingredients in a small container and shaking well. Set aside.
Spread mixed greens in a large salad bowl.
Top with prepared cranberries, chopped apples, crumbled bacon, pecans, goat cheese, and green onions.
Add dressing and toss to coat.