Apple Pecan Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Oddly enough the fall is more about salads for me than any other season. Our social schedule seems to pick up a bit, life isn’t the laid back days of summer anymore, and the holidays are right around the corner. So when it comes to easy, quick, healthy meals I can throw together on a weeknight or before we run to an event on the weekends – salads is our choice.

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To me the most important part of a salad is not what you put in it, but what you top it with. Your dressing gives it that final flavor and juiciness that will accent everything you’ve chosen to fill it with. Make an amazing salad and top it with a bad dressing – even worse a bad for you dressing – and you’re not letting it reach it’s full potential.

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This salad is one of my favorites especially for fall since it has the roasted pecans and crisp apples. So making an apple cider vinaigrette is the perfect compliment. And ,of course, it comes together easily and quickly for that busy fall schedule. One of my favorite additions is some grilled chicken to make it a full meal.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salad
  • 2 cups salad mix
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of roasted pecans
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 2 apples, cores and sliced

Instructions

  1. pour apple cider and vinegar into bowl and whisk together
  2. add salt and as much black pepper as you like
  3. whisk is olive oil
  4. toss with salad mix
  5. top with pecans, blue cheese, and apple slives
  6. serve immediately
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Bex is Hoosier girl, wifey to Scott, aunt to 7 handsome guys and 2 gorgeous gals, popcorn eater, makeup lover, and target shopper by day. She has a passion for frugally creating pretty things from the inside out and sharing those with others. When she sees a recipe, she instantly wants to know how to make it healthier … unless it’s cake or popcorn then she just wants to eat it. And when she sees a neglected piece of furniture or décor she instantly wants to show it some love and make it as pretty as it used to be. Bex blogs over at Butcher’s Niche about all things cooking, crafting, fashion, beauty, and life.

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