maple vinaigrette being poured from a white dressing container onto the apple pecan salad
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Harvest Salad

Harvest Salad is the perfect fall salad recipe with fresh greens, candied pecans, crisp apples, dried cranberries, and tangy blue cheese all tossed together in a deliciously easy maple vinaigrette dressing.
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 268kcal
Author Melissa Erdelac

Ingredients

Maple Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, regular or light
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Harvest Salad

  • 8 ounces spring mix
  • 2 small apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/3 cup candied pecans

Instructions

Maple Vinagrette

  • Place all dressing ingredients in a lidded jar. Shake vigorously until dressing is creamy and emulsified. Refrigerate until ready for use.

Harvest Salad

  • Put spring mix in a large serving bowl and place remaining ingredients on top. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad and toss to combine. 

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    Notes

    Make Ahead Directions:
    Assemble the salad without the apples and dressing, then cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Prepare the maple dressing and store in refrigerator.
    When ready to serve, add sliced apples, give the vinaigrette a quick shake, and toss all together with the salad.
    Alternately, serve the vinaigrette on the side and allow guests to dress their own salad. This will prevent the salad from becoming wilted while sitting.
     
    Additional Toppings for Fall Harvest Salad 
    • Sliced pears
    • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or Sunflower Seeds
    • Sliced chicken breast or chopped rotisserie chicken
    • Leftover turkey or ham
    • Goat cheese, Brie, or Feta cheese
    • Grains – quinoa (gluten free), farro, or couscous
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • Roasted vegetables, such as Roasted Butternut Squash or Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    • crumbled bacon
    • red onion

    Nutrition

    Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.5mg