Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

 An easy fall salad, this Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette with sweet red apples, crunchy candied pecans, feta cheese, and a quick maple vinaigrette dressing is a salad everyone will love!

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Creme de la Crumb

This. This right here. This is Fall in it’s truest, most wonderfully salad-y form. It combines so many of my favorite Fall-time flavors in one place.

sweet red apples + tangy cranberries + crunchy candied cinnamon pecans + sharp feta cheese + seriously the best maple vinaigrette dressing this world has to offer

= FALL GOODNESS.

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Creme de la Crumb

Can we talk about other amazing Fall things? Like the fact that I wore long leggings with waffle-knit cardigans twice this week? My sister in law also gave me a pumpkin-cream-something candle for my birthday and after three days of it existing in my house it’s now half gone.

I’ll burn a candle all. day. long. if my husband doesn’t extinguish it while my back is turned. In his defense, I have left a candle burning when I left the house one or five times before. So he’s really just looking out for our safety I guess.

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Creme de la Crumb

But back to the best Fall salad you’ll ever eat. There are two things about this salad that really put it over the top on the flavor scale. The nuts, and the dressing.

The pecans are candied. Don’t let that scare you off because it takes about 5 minutes and three ingredients to candy your pecans —> BEYOND worth it. Stop it. I know what you’re going to ask – can’t I just throw some un-candied pecans into the salad?? Yesssssss, you can. Technically. But it’ll break my heart a little bit.

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Creme de la Crumb

And the dressing. THE DRESSING. It’s a maple vinaigrette. Does that sound weird? It did to me the first time I ordered a salad from one of my favorite soup-n’-sandwich shops boasting a sweet maple vinaigrette. But, I instantly became a huge fan and this is my little homemade re-creation of it. You will go crazy for this stuff, I can almost guarantee it. Unless you’re allergic to maple or something like that. Then all bets are off.

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

“I made this salad last week and it was excellent. I didn’t wait until the fall, I just had it in the winter. The combinations of flavors was outstanding. This is a keeper for us. I loved the sweetness of the dressing, and the candied pecans and onions were really tasty…big hit.” – Snibb

“Oh my goodness! Maple vinaigrette does not have me saying weird. In fact, it has me saying YES, YES, YES! (think Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally). I am kicking myself for not ever using maple syrup. I have been a slave to honey for far too long. Great recipe and inspiration!” – Karin

“I made this over the weekend and it was delicious! It was so easy to make and so pretty. It was a big hit with my company. Thanks!” – Mia

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Apple Pecan Salad with Maple Vinaigrette - an easy fall salad with sweet red apples, crunchy candied pecans, feta cheese, and a quick maple vinaigrette dressing!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, maple, pecan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 small-medium fuji or gala apples, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shelled pecan halves or chopped pecans (I used Diamond of California)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (may sub white vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add pecans, sugar, and cinnamon to a small-medium pan or skillet. Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until sugar melts and nuts are coated. Transfer to a plate or foil-lined baking pan to cool.

  2. Stir together all salad dressing ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

  3. In a large serving bowl toss together greens, apples, onions, candied pecans, feta cheese, and cranberries. When ready to serve, toss with dressing.

 

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this sounds really good!!

That salad is a work of art! I love salads with apples and nuts. And that maple dressing! Yum. I normally add a fruit to our salad depending on what’s in season. It add a whole new flavor. Homemade dressings are the best! Pinning for sure!

    I’m right there with you – I am always throwing fruit in our salads, and we have a side salad with our dinner almost every single night because I’m basically an addict haha. Thanks for your sweet comment Sherri!

I LOVE pumpkin scented candles too. And I can totally relate because I have accidentally left a candle burning while leaving the house for a few hours AND overnight. Oops!

This salad is right up my alley and looks perfect for fall. Pinning right now.

    I just bought another pumpkin candle yesterday, I have an addiction!!

Really liking the addition of maple syrup to the dressing. Sounds perfect for fall!!

This sounds utterly amazing, but can I substitute the maple for honey. As a Canadian, this hurts me to even write the suggestion, but as a Canadian in the UK, maple syrup is hard to find here 🙁

    Aw that’s a shame!!! Is it possible to get your hands on some maple extract?? I wonder if a few tablespoons of honey and a drop or two of maple extract would get the flavor going! If not, I’m sure honey would be alllllmost delicious as maple syrup 😉

I made this over the weekend and it was delicious! It was so easy to make and so pretty. It was a big hit with my company. Thanks!

    Yay! I’m so glad you and your guests liked it Mia!

What type of oil do you recommend using?

    Hi Sarah,

    I’ve used both vegetable oil, and olive oil and both turned out great!

I made this salad last week and it was excellent. I didn’t wait until the fall, I just had it in the winter. The combinations of flavors was outstanding. This is a keeper for us. I loved the sweetness of the dressing, and the candied pecans and onions were really tasty…big hit.

Oh my goodness! Maple vinaigrette does not have me saying weird. In fact, it has me saying YES, YES, YES! (think Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally).

I am kicking myself for not ever using maple syrup. I have been a slave to honey for far too long. Great recipe and inspiration!

How do you prepare the candied pecans?

A gorgeous salad! I love the contrast of the purple onion and the greens 🙂

your recipes sound delicious
Can’t wait tO PREPARE them

    Hope you love this dish! Thanks, Elle!