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Vegetables and fruits are the foundation of the Mediterranean Diet. Salads are a great way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. During the Winter, fruits and vegetables can be limited, but that doesn't mean that your salad has to be boring. Add fruit and other ingredients such as nuts, cheese, and dressing for a flavorful meal. Try this recipe for Apple Pecan Salad to get you started.
Light and fresh, this salad is full of crunchy apple and celery, sweet grape, salty feta, and smokey toasted pecan flavors. Dress with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette and you have a delicious salad.
Add a variety of ingredients to make your salads more interesting. For this Apple Pecan Salad you need:
- mixed greens
- feta cheese
- lemon juice
- Raspberry vinaigrette
This salad is quick to put together.
Toast the pecans in the microwave. Simply place pecans on a plate in a single layer. Spread evenly. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir the pecans spread out and repeat. I do this 4 or 5 times until the pecans smell toasted. Let the pecans cool to room temperature.
Purchase a boxed mix of greens, such as a Spring Mix, or add your favorite combination of greens to a large bowl.
Scrub apples with water. Leave peel for color. Slice thinly. Lightly toss with lemon juice. Set aside.
Chop celery into small pieces.
Slice grapes in half.
Add pecans, apple slices, celery, grapes, and feta cheese to salad greens. Toss lightly.
Drizzle with 1/4 to 1/3 Raspberry Balsamic Vinegarette.
Frequently Asked Questions
The components of this salad can be prepared up to 24 hours prior to serving and stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Add dressing immediately prior to serving.
How to Serve
Include as a side salad along with fish or chicken and vegetables. To serve as an entree by including chopped chicken.
Serve with a crust of bread and you have a tasty meal.
Don't have Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar? Try my Mediterranean Salad Dressing recipe.
August 2021 Update: added ingredient, preparation, and FAQ sections to post. Updated images and recipe card.>