Apple Pecans and Goat Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4
Apple Pecans and Goat Cheese Salad

Apple Pecans and Goat Cheese Salad is a healthy and easy-to-make green salad! Lettuce and apples give it a fresh taste, while goat cheese, candied pecans add nourishment. This dish is packed with fiber and vitamins, making it perfect for a quick summer dinner, or a healthy snack any time of year! Now you have a signature recipe to impress your guests.

Ingredients

  • For the salad
  • 1 crisp tart apple
  • 8 cups mixed greens or tender lettuces (like butter or Bibb lettuce, frisee, etc)
  • ¼ cup candied pecans or toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries
  • chopped fresh thyme, for garnish
  • For the maple vinaigrette dressing
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh ground black pepper

Directions

Recipe instructions Apple Pecans and Goat Cheese Salad

  1. Step 1

    If using, prepare the candied pecans in advance (or use purchased).

  2. Step 2

    Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. (If desired, make in advance and refrigerate up to 2 weeks; bring to room temperature prior to serving).

  3. Step 3

    Thinly slice the apple.

  4. Step 4

    Place the greens on a large platter or individual plates. Top with apple slices, candied pecans, goat cheese or feta crumbles, and pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries. Top with about 6 tablespoons of the dressing (or more as desired) and serve immediately (To make ahead, keep all components separate with fresh ingredients and dressing refrigerated. Toss the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Bring dressing to room temperature and add all ingredients together directly before serving).

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 281
Fat: 23 g
Carbs: 18 g
Protein: 3 g