Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

The best fall flavors come together in this light and refreshing spinach salad tossed in the most amazing lemon vinaigrette!

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad - The best fall flavors come together in this light and refreshing spinach salad tossed in the most amazing lemon vinaigrette!

With all the heavy holiday consumption from the sweet potato casserole to the homemade toffee, I really needed a salad. But not just any kind of salad. I wanted the perfect salad to keep me in the holiday mood without adding any extra pounds this Christmas season.

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad - The best fall flavors come together in this light and refreshing spinach salad tossed in the most amazing lemon vinaigrette!

So that’s where this salad comes in. A fresh spinach salad tossed with crisp apple slices, sweet dried cranberries, juicy pomegranate seeds, and of course, pecan halves for that added crunch. Not to mention the most amazing lemon vinaigrette to give it that perfect hit of tanginess. Best of all, it has the perfect amount of red and green for the holidays!

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

The best fall flavors come together in this light and refreshing spinach salad tossed in the most amazing lemon vinaigrette!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

For the lemon vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. To assemble the salad, place spinach in a large bowl; top with apple, pecans, pomegranate arils, cranberries and goat cheese. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately.

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 350.5 Calories from Fat 257.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.6g 44%
Saturated Fat 5.4g 27%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 9.8mg 3%
Sodium 101.3mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19.7g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Sugars 14.6g
Protein 6.2g 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Healthy fats, tons of spinach, and delicious fruit. Every ingredient in this recipe is a smart choice! Additionally, making your own dressing really cuts down on the sodium you consume. A serving of this salad contains only 100 mg of sodium, but if a store-bought dressing were to be used, it would add about 500 mg!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.