Sunday, May 26, 2024

Apple Pecan Salad














You know when you go to a restaurant and order one of their salads with all the great toppings?  If you’re like me, by the time I finish my salad, all the good toppings are gone with just a bunch of lettuce left.  Sometimes, I have to dig to the bottom of the bowl to get to the good stuff that fell through.  So, I decided to create a salad full of the good stuff. I love this salad and make it often.  Candied pecans, fresh sweet apples, dried cranberries and goat cheese make this salad unique and full of flavor.   There is something about this creamy and slightly tart goat cheese paired with crisp sweet apples that makes me crazy about it. So good you don’t even need a dressing!


Apple Pecan Salad


1/2 cup glazed pecan pieces

4 cups of chopped Romaine lettuce or other mixed greens

1 large or 2 small Honey Crisp apples, cored and diced small

1/2 cup creamy Goat Cheese, crumbled

½ cup dried cranberries or cherries













Place lettuce in a serving bowl and add diced apples.  You can use your favorite “sweet” apple like Gala or Fugi.  I prefer Honey Crisp apples.  There is even a new apple that is wonderful.  

















The Ever Crisp is a newer apple that’s a cross between a Honeycrisp and a Fuji. It’s got the crispness and effervescent flavor of the Honey Crisp, but the sturdiness of the Fuji. It’s perfect to be eaten fresh, all by itself, or to be put into fresh applications like this salad. 


















Next add your pecans.  You can glaze them yourself but why bother when you can buy them already glazed and chopped.













Add the dried cranberries or dried cherries.











Finally, slice and crumble your goat cheese.  I like to mix smaller and larger chunks so that you get some in every bite.














Toss lightly, taking care to keep the apples well distributed, and transfer to individual salad plates or bowls.  Sprinkle evenly with extra goat cheese and pecans; serve.



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