Holiday Apple Pecan Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

  • Author: Erin Collins
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12


Holiday Apple Pecan Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette! A gorgeous green salad  thats perfect for the holidays!


For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Dole Frozen Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

For the sweet and spicy pecans:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the salad:

  • Mixed greens or spring mix
  • 1 can Dole Mandarin Oranges
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • Goat cheese or feta cheese
  • Pomegranate seeds


Make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into a jar (I like using a mason jar with these lids!) or airtight container.

Make the sweet and spicy pecans: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve the water and sugar in a bowl. Add the pecans and soak for 30 minutes.  Drain and place on a baking sheet. Toss with the sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once. Let cool then chop slightly if needed.

Place the greens in a bowl and toss with some of the dressing. Add just a little at first then more if needed so it’s not overdressed. Place the greens on plates and top with some of the remaining toppings. Enjoy!