Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

Fresh, chopped Autumn salad with apple cider dressing has crunchy candied cinnamon pecans, apples, pears, bacon and feta cheese, all tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing.

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This is how I’m getting myself geared up for the end of Summer. With the Fall salad of my dreams. It’s chock-full of apples, pears, BACON, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and a sweet and tangy apple cider dressing.

I’m seriously not ready for the seasons to change, but it’s happening, and I’ve got to get on board with it whether I like it or not. Along with the batch of mini pumpkin chocolate chip bread loaves my mother made last week, this salad is helping immensely.

Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing | lecremedelacrumb.com

And did I mention the candied nuts??  Use pecans or walnuts, whatever your preference is. My top pick would probably be pecans but when I made this batch you see in the pictures here, I had used up the last of a large bag of pecans and had a handful of walnuts hanging out in my pantry so I used them up and they were DE to the lish.

The apple cider dressing is one of my very favorite homemade salad dressings. It has a sweet and tangy flavor and comes together in about two minutes with just five ingredients. Feel free up to crank up the amount of black pepper you’re using. Freshly cracked black pepper is definitely my preference but use what you’ve got!

Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing | lecremedelacrumb.com

You’re going to love how quickly and easily this fresh Autumn harvest chopped salad comes together, and how well it pairs with all of your favorite Fall dishes. I’m just gonna say it now, this salad needs to grace your Thanksgiving dinner table.

I know! Can’t even think about Thanksgiving yet! But this salad is so Fall-y, so delicious, so perfect and tasty, it’s got me imagining how fast it will disappear at our family Turkey Day gathering.

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Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing
 
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Fresh, chopped Autumn salad with apple cider dressing has crunchy candied cinnamon pecans, apples, pears, bacon and feta cheese, all tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 6-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 red apple, diced
  • 1 anjou or bartlett pear, diced
  • 3-4 strips of bacon, cooked til almost crisp, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ⅔ cup pecans or walnuts
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
dressing
  • ⅓ cup apple juice
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover, and shake well. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine lettuce, apples, pears, bacon, onion, cranberries, and feta cheese.
  3. Add walnuts to a medium pan and stir over medium heat on the stove for 1-2 minutes until toasted. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and continue to stir until sugar is dissolved and walnuts are coated in the sugar mixture. Transfer to a glass plate or a metal serving pan to cool. Once cooled, roughly chop and add to the salad.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

 

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Great recipe!

Looks delicious! I get excited about this time of year where I am allergic to all citrus fruits and tomatoes, desserts and main dishes and salads come out with more savory ingredients I can have and love. This will be a great work lunch for me and add a side of rosemary bread would be perfect!

THIS SALAD will be on my Thanksgiving Table… and that doesn’t happen easily…just ask my family!!! I made a wonderful Roasted Garlic & Brie Soup a few yrs ago and it is REQUIRED @ Thanksgiving… as it my Stuffing, Gravy and Potatoes… I have a feeling this salad will be around for many yrs as well!! Thanks!!! xoxo Marcie

This does look like the perfect autumn salad! Thank you for sharing!
-Gabby

I just can’t wait to make this so delicious looking salad!!! Perfect for my lunch time!!! Please keep sharing:)

I served this salad for Thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it! I can’t wait to make this again.

I can’t say enough good things about this recipe! I’ve made it three times as is, and like to make it a main dish and serve it with a seasoned, baked chicken breast over the top. My kids love it as is with feta, but I sneak in blue cheese for me if I have it on hand. It is perfect with a juicy honeycrisp apple. Thank you for the beautiful dish, I really love it! ❤️🍎🍐🥓🥗

I love salad with feta cheese! Thanks for this recipe!