It’s amazing to me how quickly we went from Halloween to Thanksgiving to planning for Christmas. Every year. The same thing happens. My favorite time of year passes in the blink of an eye. This year has been especially fast though, since I’ve been out-of-town four out of the past seven weekends. It time to stay home. In a BIG way.
Don’t hate me – but I almost always decorate for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving. Yes, I’m one of “those people”. But I just love the Christmas season so much that I try to get a little jump on things. When I get criticism (even from my boys!), I just say, “I’m being extra thankful for Christmas.” I like that explanation and I’m sticking with it.
I’m definitely not alone in my pursuit of Christmas. I was in Hobby Lobby on Friday and the Christmas decor was flying off the shelves. I even saw a fight over the last of the red ribbon.
And about this Candied Pecan and Apple Holiday Salad. It’s so delicious! I highly recommend you try it this holiday season. I just posted my Candied Pecan recipe that you will need for one of the toppings. And then there is feta cheese, Craisins, apple slices, and greens, along with a delicious honey dijon dressing (or use whatever dressing you like).
This salad dressing bottle is perfect for whipping up dressing. It holds about one cup which is a perfect amount for most occasions.
If you are taking this Holiday Salad to a party, you can slice the apples ahead of time as long as you give them a nice coating of lemon juice. The lemon will prevent them from turning brown and you can barely taste it.
My hubby took this salad to his MK department Thanksgiving lunch. It will also make its appearance on our Thanksgiving table this year as well. You MUST (says me!) have something green on your holiday table, and who doesn’t love a salad with such sweet toppings? We will pretend it’s all super healthy.
- 12-14 cups baby spinach leaves or other greens
- 1/2 cup red onion sliced thin
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 3/4 cup Craisins
- 1 1/2 cup candied pecans see homemade recipe
- 2 large honey crisp apples sliced thin
- 1/2 large lemon freshly squeezed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix the dressing ingredients in a salad dressing bottle or a mason jar. Shake vigorously and set aside.
Core and slice the apple. Coat with freshly squeezed lemon to preserve color.
In a large serving bowl, arrange spinach leaves, red onion, feta cheese, Craisins, candied pecans, and apple slices. Right before serving, pour dressing over salad and mix to combine.
You may not need all the dressing so be conservative with the pouring.