Holiday Apple Salad

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TOTAL TIME: 0:30
PREP: 0:20
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CANDIED PECANS
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 c. pecans
FOR THE SALAD
  • 6 c. mixed greens
  • 2 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
FOR THE DRESSING
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Candy pecans: In a skillet over medium heat, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water. Stir, letting sugar dissolve, then add pecans and toss until totally coated. Let simmer 5 minutes until sticky, then remove from heat and let cool on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. (Pecans you don’t use for the salad can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.)
  2. Assemble salad: In a large bowl, combine greens, apples, candied pecans, blue cheese, and dried cranberries. Refrigerate until ready to dress and serve.
  3. Make dressing: In a bowl or glass jar, whisk together apple cider vinegar, shallot, dijon, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle salad with dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
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