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Apple Pecan Salad is made with crunchy, salty, and sweet ingredients all tossed together with a homemade balsamic dressing. Apples + Bacon + Pecans + Garlicky Balsamic goodness = one heck of a party in your mouth. It’s the perfect salad for Fall. If you love a balsamic dressing, you’ll also love my Caprese Salad Recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Salad
It’s so easy! This is a salad you’ll keep coming back to again and again. Made with your favorite salad greens, hickory smoked bacon crumbles, crisp juicy apple, toasted pecans and drizzled with my homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. It’s fancy enough to serve as a side dish to a holiday meal and easy enough to have on any night of the week.
How to Make Apple Pecan Salad
For full recipe details, including ingredients needed and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is what you can expect when putting together this salad:
Prep Salad Veggies
Place chopped or torn lettuce, cooked and crumbled bacon and diced apple into a large bowl.
Make the Dressing
Whisk clove, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together.
Toss Dressing and Salad Together
Toss dressing with salad and serve.
Storing Leftovers + Make Ahead Directions
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. As far as making this salad ahead of time, I would recommend making the dressing a day or two before, and do everything else the day of when you want to serve it. This will save you a little bit of time, but not a ton. Be sure to give the dressing a quick whisk to remix before adding to the salad.
Frequently Asked Questions About Apple Pecan Salad
I used red leaf lettuce, but I also like to use romaine or other mixed greens.
I like fuji apples for this salad. You could also use gala or honey crisp. Use what you like.
Absolutely! A little feta cheese crumbles, parmesan, blue cheese or goat cheese would be a great addition!
Other Salad Recipes to Try:
- Fruit Salad Recipe
- Chinese Chicken Salad
- Classic Wedge Salad
- Grandma’s Cucumber Salad
- Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing
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Apple Pecan Salad
- 6 cups red leaf lettuce washed and torn
- 1 fuji apple washed and diced
- 4 slices hickory smoked bacon cooked and crumbled
- 4 tablespoons pecans toasted and chopped
for the dressing-
- 1 clove garlic grated
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk all ingredients for dressing together. Toss dressing with salad and serve.