Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad — Damn Delicious

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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.

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

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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


  • 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


  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.

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This salad looks beautiful! I’m planing my Christmas menu and I think I may have to add this. I’m not a fan of goat cheese but this still looks amazing. Thank you!

Use Feta cheese instead.

I appreciate the suggestion but I actually don’t like feta, either. I’m usually not very picky but I’m just not into a lot of different cheeses. Thank you, though!

So pretty, the perfect holiday salad!

This salad looks so festive and refreshing amidst the season of cookies, pies and casseroles. I’ve never had a lemon poppy seed vinaigrette, but I’m excited to try it!

This is gorgeous!!

thanks for this yummie salad! 🙂

The salad simply looks gorgeous! I loved the lemon vinaigrette which seems to be quite versatile and can be used in many other salads too!

I will definitely be making this salad in the future. Looks like an amazing salad that my kids would love too. Spinach + fruit = yummy.

Holy gorgeous salad alert! I have been obsessed with the combo of pomegranate and goat cheese lately, so I need to stuff this into my face ASAP. Pinned!

I think I’m in love with this salad!!

This looks yummy! Perfect way to stay healthy over the holiday season =) definitely making!

This salad looks like the perfect way to wash down all those cookies I’ve been eating. SO MANY COOKIES! I need something fresh and bright. Love it!

Oh my gosh this looks delicious. I am so tired of salads at the moment, but I think this just might put me on the right track again – thank you Chung-Ah

It almost loooks like christmas decorations with those beautiful colours 😀 It sounds delicious 😀 x

When I came to your site and saw just the photo, I was struck by how Xmasy this salad
looks. Wonderful colors and textures and yes light enough to go with all the other

I love apples in my salad! This looks so bright, healthy, and tasty 🙂

This looks so delicious!!

Which other cheese would go best with this if we don’t like goat cheese?

Feta cheese would be a great substitute.

Blue cheese would be great too.

This looks amazing! Especially in the midst of all the holiday baking. Love the poppyseed addition.

im going to try Blue Cheese.

This salad is going to be on my Christmas Dinner table this year. Along with a nice steak and a baked potato. Simple and easy and yummy.

That sounds like a great pairing!

This Salad looks beautiful and healthy too!

THIS SALAD IS A MUST….I made it for my sisters and mother. It was absolutely delish! Such a nice, interesting combination of flavors and textures. I did not have goat cheese so I used crumbled feta cheese and it worked very well. I also was unable to get pomegranate arils, but the dressing made everything come together. This is a type salad you can enjoy anytime of the year. NOTE: I tossed the salad with the dressing before serving as the recipe stated. However, when eating leftovers later that day, I noticed the taste was even better after the dressing had marinated the fresh spinach, etc. Make it…you won’t be sorry! Blessings to all.

I love pomegranate and apple. But I never thought that I can put them together to make this amazing salad. And It would be better if I go with really cold beverage. Thank you for sharing!

Wow! I made this salad for my family and my son’s girlfriend said it was the best thing that I have ever made for her. With that vote of confidence I took it to my sonority weekend, AGD sisters for 40 plus years. Another set of raves, and I sent out your link. I’m not sure how I found you , but I’m sure it had to do with food :). After reading your blog the connections blew me away. My mom lives in Carlsbad too, but I have a dear friend with CF waiting for lungs that really drew me to you. I shared your blog with her today and I hope it gives her hope and strength.

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