Candied Pecan and Cranberry Pear Holiday Salad

This Candied Pecan and Cranberry Pear Salad is filled with tart cranberries, crisp pears, sugar candied pecans, and topped with a sweet honey vinaigrette. Delicious and beautiful for Christmas, Thanksgiving, holiday meals, or weeknight dinners!

Ingredients: Candied Pecans – 2 tablespoons butter – 1 cup pecans whole or halves – 2 tablespoons brown sugar Honey Vinegarette Dressing – 1/3 cup olive oil – 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar – 3 tablespoons honey – 1 tablespoon onion finely chopped – 1 teaspoon poppy seeds – 1/2 teaspoons paprika – salt and pepper to taste Salad – 10 ounces spring mix – 2 pears chopped – 1 cup dried cranberries – 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese or Feta cheese – 1 cup candied pecans

Directions: Candied Pecans – In a small skillet, melt butter and sugar together over medium heat and continue to stir until sugar melts- around 2 minutes. Add pecans and keep stirring for 1-2 more minutes until sauce begins to caramelize. Remove from pan and transfer pecans to a baking pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Allow to cool.

Directions: Honey Vinaigrette Dressing – In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, onion, poppy seeds, paprika, salt, and pepper until fully combined. Set aside. Salad – Add the spring mix to a large bowl. Top with pears, cranberries, cheese, and candied pecans. Toss salad with dressing when ready to serve. Enjoy!

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