Apple Pecan Salad with Zesty Apple Dressing

Apple Pecan Salad with Zesty Apple Dressing makes for the perfect salad for your holiday dinner party. Apples, goat cheese, pecans and dried cranberries sit atop a bed of greens and are drizzled with a sweet-and-sour dressing made with Martinelli’s Apple Juice or Cider and fresh lemons.

apples, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans on a salad

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At the holidays, I feel like there is so much talk of cookies and hot cocoa and not very much of the greener things. Like salad.

And I get it. Cookies are delicious and hot cocoa is a must. Believe me, I get it.

But salads are important for balancing a meal! Especially a holiday meal. We need some greens in our bodies to offset the cookies and hot cocoa, right?

Right.

pouring sparkling apple cider into glasses

Enter this Apple Pecan Salad with Zesty Apple Dressing.

It has all the flavors of the holidays: a base of arugula and spinach plus fresh apple slices, goat cheese crumbles, chopped pecans and dried cranberries.

It gets a drizzle of an easy, homemade salad dressing made with Martinelli’s Apple Juice or Cider.

I love apple cider in everything, from an Apple Cider Moscow Mule to Bourbon Apple Cider Jell-O Shots to Apple Cider Mimosas.

a plate of apple pecan salad and a jar of apple cider dressing

For the salad, you can use any kind of apple. I went for a sweet, red Fuji apple to complement the greens, but any apple will do. Seriously.

Sweet and sour, the dressing is definitely a departure from the usual bottled vinaigrette.

This one uses Martinelli’s apple juice (or their apple cider), fresh squeezed lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, cayenne pepper and sea salt.

The apple juice and honey bring a sweetness that combats the more tart ingredients.

a glass plate with apple pecan salad

You can make the dressing in a mason jar or whisk it together in a bowl. I like the jar, though, because it’s easier to shake up.

I recommend shaking right before you use it, as the oil will separate from the other ingredients as it sits still.

a bottle of martinelli's sparkling apple cider and champagne flutes

This salad is so colorful and bright — a stunning and festive addition to any holiday spread. Hope you enjoy!

(And that follows your meal with cookies and hot cocoa, of course.) // susannah

P.S. Check out this Pomegranate + Goat Cheese Salad, another festive and healthy salad for the holidays!

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Apple Pecan Salad with Apple Dressing

Yield: 4 salads
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Apple Pecan Salad with Zesty Apple Dressing makes for the perfect salad for your holiday dinner party. Apples, goat cheese, pecans and dried cranberries sit atop a bed of greens and are drizzled with a sweet-and-sour dressing made with Martinelli’s Apple Juice or Cider and fresh lemons.
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ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Martinelli’s Apple Juice or Cider
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper

for the salads

  • 2 cups spinach and arugula mix or any kind of greens
  • 1 Fuji apple sliced
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • freshly cracked black pepper optional
  • dressing to taste

instructions

  • In a mason jar, mix olive oil, Martinelli’s Apple Juice or Cider, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Shake to combine. (Makes 1½ cups dressing.)
  • Line 4 plates each with 1/4 of the greens. Arrange apple slices on top, then sprinkle pecans, cranberries and goat cheese on top.
  • Before serving, drizzle with ¼ cup salad dressing. Crack black pepper over top, if desired.

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nutrition information

Yield: 4 salads

amount per serving:

Serving: 1salad Calories: 283kcal Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 7g Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 198mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 23g
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