Food

Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberries, Apples, & Caramelized Pecans

This holiday favorite comes complete with sweet, caramelized pecans that are sure to dazzle your guests.

This colorful and full-flavored salad has become a signature dish at my Thanksgiving table. It's a simple recipe to prepare, yet will wow guests again and again with its delicious pairing of sweet cranberries, crisp apples, and caramelized pecans.

Serves 6

For the caramelized pecans:

  • 2 cups halved pecans
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

For the salad:

  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 4 Fuji apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle on pecans. Pour maple syrup over pecans, add salt, and toss gently. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until maple syrup begins to dry. Let cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. Whisk together until emulsified.
  3. In a large bowl, add salad greens, apples, and cranberries. Pour dressing (as much as desired) and salt over salad and toss gently. Sprinkle with caramelized pecans, and serve immediately.
VegNews' Colleen Holland makes this salad every Thanksgiving, and her family talks about it all year long. Follow Colleen on Facebook for more of her favorite vegan food and recipes.
 Comments

More Food

The #1 Way to Make Sure You Eat Your Greens First

Find yourself in need of some healthy habits? It’s a lot easier to train your brain than you might think!
Read More »

10 Creative Ways to Use Nut Butters

Forget peanut butter: this is 2015. Nut butter pro, Robin Robertson, shares 10 innovative uses for everything from cashew to walnut butter.
Read More »

6 Delicious Ways to Get Vitamin C

Vitamin C comes in more forms than just OJ. Here are six mouthwatering ways to get your cold-fighting fill.
Read More »

3 Raw Vegan Desserts

Show how much you love someone with these three sweet treats from raw recipe guru Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake.
Read More »

Valentine's Dinner for Two

This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetheart to a memorable gourmet meal with these recipes from our favorite chefs.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »