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Saturday Review: Green Salad w/Apple, Feta, Pecans, and Balsamic Dressing

[ 6 ] 09/11/2010 |

I came across this recipe on Tasty Kitchen a few weeks ago and it is so delicious! I first wrote about it on the Weekly Round-Up, but I decided it’s so good it needs it’s own post, and I also made a few changes to the dressing when I prepared it. I halved the dressing ingredients and it was more than plenty to top the salad with (and only 1/2 the calories and fat!). Also, in place of the spinach and red lettuce, I used two ready-to-go packages of salad, one spinach, and one mixed greens. So easy!


* ½ cups Pecan Pieces
* 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar

* 6 ounces, Baby Spinach
* 1 head Red Leaf Lettuce, Torn
* 1 whole Granny Smith Apple, Cored And Very Thinly Sliced
* 4 ounces, Crumbled Feta Or Blue Cheese

* FOR THE DRESSING (this is my altered version):
* 1/8 cup Red Onion, Finely Chopped
* 1 1/2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
* 1 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
* 1/4 cups Olive Oil
* 1 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
* 1/2 clove Galic, Minced
*1/8 teaspoons Salt
* 1/16 teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation Instructions

Place nuts in a medium skillet with 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until nuts are coated and brown, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes; set aside.

Toss salad greens, apples and cheese.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake vigorously. Pour over the salad just before serving.

Sprinkle with sugared nuts.


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Category: LOVE IT, Melissa, NUTRITION, Side Dish

About Lissa: Melissa is the Co-Founder of Shrinking Kitchen and the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans She has been married for a dozen years and is mother to six children (17,14, 10, 10 and 2 and a foster baby!). Melissa has a love/hate relationship with food (okay, mostly candy) and cooking. This isn't improved by the fact that her husband, the true family chef, works in another city half the year, leaving Melissa to figure out how to feed her growing family something other than Pop-Tarts. Melissa loves her camera, enjoys traveling, kickboxing, creating beautiful things she finds on Pinterest, and planning her dream home that will be built… someday. :: @lissajoy :: :: pinning here View author profile.

  • Christy_TheSistherhood

    Sounds delicious!! I need to make this one soon!!!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t handle spinach but I suppose I could just use regular romaine lettuce, huh? Sounds easy and good for me!!

  • Rachel

    My mom made this salad yesterday for a BBQ and my gosh it was so yummy!!!

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  • Leslyjohnson43

    Raves on this salad. Used almonds and feta, and shallots instead of red onion! Should have made twice as much. Everyone wanted more! Thanks!