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Apple Cranberry Salad with Feta and Maple Roasted Pecans

Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 520kcal
A filling, yet healthy salad filled with flavors of fall and topped with an apple cider vinaigrette.
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Ingredients

Maple Roasted Pecans

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp Papa Joe's Salt or a mix of salt and pepper

Dijon Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp apple cider
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped or other fresh herb you have around
  • 1 pinch Papa Joe's Salt or salt and pepper

Salad

  • 1 5 oz package arugula
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, thinly sliced any apple will work - I'm currently obsessed with honey crisps
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

Instructions

Maple Roasted Pecans

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a quarter sheet pan with parchment paper
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the pecans, Papa Joe's Salt or salt and pepper, maple syrup, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
  • Spread evenly onto the sheet pan and drizzle with any remaining liquid from the bowl.
  • Roast at 350° F for 10-15 minutes. You will begin to smell a nutty, sweet flavor coming from the oven. This means that they are ready. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly. These pecans can be used immediately for the salad or made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.

Dijon Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • In a medium-sized jelly jar or glass measuring cup, combine all dressing ingredients.
  • Cover the jar and shake vigorously to mix the dressing. If you are not using a jar, use a whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • Season with additional Papa Joe's Salt or salt and pepper if needed.

Salad

  • In a large salad bowl, combine arugula, sliced apple, dried cranberries, and feta.
  • Top with the cooled, Maple Roasted Pecans. You can choose if you want to add the vinaigrette to the salad now or serve in a pitcher alongside the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1.3mg