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Loaded Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries

Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries

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 This Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries will make you forget that the availability of garden tomatoes and lettuces are months and months away!

Loaded Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries

Loaded Winter Salad

This is the second Pioneer Woman recipe I have made. Another winner! I brought this Winter Salad to a New Year’s Day party, and both the men and women gave it high marks. I found the salad dressing to be most unusual with only one teaspoon of cider vinegar for the 1/4 cup of olive oil, much less acid than I’d usually use. I did up that measurement a bit, but the rest is pure Ree.

There’s a lot of Dijon mustard plus some maple syrup in the dressing as well. And it works. I’d also love to test out some of these fabulous autumn salads.

Loaded Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries on a small plate

 The Perfect Combination of Flavors and Textures

I renamed this bowl of dressed greens and goodies “Winter Salad” as it is perfect for the cold months when garden tomatoes and other homegrown goodies are impossible to find. I don’t think you’ll miss your summer salad at all when you taste this lovely concoction of greens, thinly sliced Granny apples, toasted pecans and small cubes of Maytag blue cheese. The perfect combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy ingredients. This winter salad is magnificent any month of the year! I promise.

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 This Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries will make you forget that the availability of garden tomatoes and lettuces are months and months away!

Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries~

A loaded green salad perfect for fall and winter months!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Spring Mix greens or baby spinach
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced thinly (I used my mandolin)
  • 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 6 ounces Maytag blue cheese, cut into small cubes (may use any blue cheese of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon real Maple syrup
  • 23 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange apples, pecans, cherries and blue cheese over greens in salad bowl or platter.
  2. In a small mason jar, combine dressing ingredients and shake to mix and emulsify. Just before serving pour dressing over salad and lightly toss.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman

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64 comments on “Winter Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Dried Cherries”

  1. We make a similar version of this salad when strawberries are in season. I’ve seen it done with pears too. It’s a family favorite here too. Everyone loves the nuts and cheese on top!

  2. My husband and I LOVE this salad so much we have it at least once a week. I’ve used the baby greens and spinach, but most recently I was out of those things, so I used the Sweet Kale chopped salad mixture from Costco which includes green cabbage, shredded broccoli, thinly sliced Brussels sprouts and radicchio. Amazing! I absolutely love the maple and Dijon dressing. It pairs so nicely with this nuts, fruit and blue cheese.

  3. Love the addition of dried cherries in this salad.

  4. I love this salad! Fall, Winter and Spring!

  5. This is my go-to holiday salad recipe. Thank you!

  6. This was a great salad that I will be making more of. Especially for the upcoming holiday entertaining coming up. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a perfect fall salad- it’s the best!

  8. I absolutely LOVED this salad!!

  9. This salad is amazing. Beautiful, delicious, and healthy!

  10. Loved having this for lunch today! Every bite was tasty!

  11. I really love the combination of flavors!

  12. This is the perfect salad. I love the pecans in here!

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