Apple Cherry Candied Pecan Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing Share on Pinterest

Apple Cherry Candied Pecan Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing

  • 15 minutes
  • 12 ingredients
  • Pecans
  • Easy
  • servings


  • 6-8 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large green apple, cored and thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup Diamond of California whole or halved pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Sweet Balsamic Dressing
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning

The Steps

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover and shake to combine. (store at room temperature up to 1 week)
  2. In a small sauce pan heat the ¼ cup sugar until it liquifies. As soon as it it starts to liquify, add pecans and stir until sugar is completely melted and nuts are coated. Stir 30 seconds longer over medium heat. transfer to a glass plate or a metal baking sheet to cool. When cooled (about 5 minutes) break apart and add to salad when ready.
  3. In a large bowl combine spinach, cherries, feta, apples, and candied pecans. Serve with sweet balsamic dressing (shake dressing immediately before serving).

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