Overhead shot of a large bowl of Candied Pecan and Apple Holiday Salad, with the ingredients separated by type, along with wooden spoons and the vinaigrette in a mason jar.

Candied Pecan and Apple Holiday Salad

A delicious Holiday Salad with fresh greens, candied pecans, Honey Crisp apples, feta cheese, and Craisins.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword candied pecans, holiday salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 250 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


For the salad:

  • 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

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper - to taste


  1. Mix the dressing ingredients in a salad dressing bottle or a mason jar. Shake vigorously and set aside.
  2. Core and slice the apple. Coat with freshly squeezed lemon to preserve color.
  3. 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.
  4. You may not need all the dressing so be conservative with the pouring.

Recipe Notes

  1. This salad is pretty large. You can change the serving size directly in the recipe for a smaller amount.
  2. You won't need an entire recipe of candied pecans, but those freeze well, so just use what you need and freeze the rest.
  3. Low sugar Craisins can be substituted for regular ones.
Nutrition Facts
Candied Pecan and Apple Holiday Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 196mg9%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 3430IU69%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.