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salad on white plate topped with pomegranate seeds with gold forks and dressing in jar

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Holiday Apple Pecan Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Holiday Apple Pecan Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette! A gorgeous green salad  thats perfect for the holidays!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 -12 servings


For the dressing:

  • ½ cup  Dole Frozen Cranberries
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

For the sweet and spicy pecans:

  • cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 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!


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg