Cranberry, Apple, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry-Apple Cider Dressing

Cranberry, Apple, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry-Apple Cider Dressing

Say hello to the flavors of fall in this fast, easy, and healthy salad loaded with textures galore.

There are sweet honeycrisp apples, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and crunchy candied pecans made with Fisher Pecan Halves.

I absolutely love candied nuts and have three recipes for homemade candied nuts.

Once I start eating them, I can’t stop. For the salad I used this recipe.

I have a continued partnership with Fisher Nuts for the coming year so you’re in store for some fun recipes. Fisher is the only national brand of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives.

Check out their recipe contest at www.myfreshtwist.com for a chance to win a trip to NYC and meet Chef Alex Guaranschelli. Note the recipe contest closes on 10/20/15.

The dressing comes together in 30 seconds in the blender. It’s a tart-and-sweet blend of dried cranberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil. So easy but packs so much flavor. It’s thick and coats the salad beautifully.

The salad is great for lunch, as a healthy and fast dinner, and would make a gorgeous side at holiday celebrations and parties.

Cranberry, Apple, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry-Apple Cider Dressing

Say hello to the flavors of fall in this fast, easy, and healthy salad loaded with textures galore. There are sweet honeycrisp apples, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, salty blue cheese (or try gorgonzola or feta), and crunchy candied pecans. The easy dressing comes together in 30 seconds. It's a tart-and-sweet blend of dried cranberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil. The salad is great for lunch, as a healthy and fast dinner, or as a gorgeous side at holiday celebrations and parties.

Yield: serves 2 to 4, recipe doubles, triples, etc. easily

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butter lettuce (romaine or your favorite blend of greens may be substituted)
  • 1 cup honeycrisp apples, diced (from about 1 medium apple; Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, etc. may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (regular dried cranberries may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup candied Fisher pecans (use this recipe to make the candied nuts; other candied nuts or your favorite nuts may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (gorgonzola or feta cheese may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (regular dried cranberries may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
Read the whole recipe on Averie Cooks