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Apple Pecan Fall Salad

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posted: 10/06/22

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This Fall Salad with apples and pecans is perfect for autumn! This salad, made with delicious honey mustard dressing, is a great holiday side dish or just a hearty lunch.

A salad with apples, blue cheese, pecans, and salad greens are being topped with a honey mustard dressing.

I am so excited to share this amazing Fall Salad Recipe with you. It has the perfect combination of flavors and textures and then is topped with delicious Honey Mustard Dressing. It is a great savory recipe for your apples from apple picking.

Made with some simple ingredients, this is a reader favorite recipe. It is delicious enough to entertain with at a holiday or a party, but it is simple enough that you could take it with for lunch. And, I have lots of variations listed below so you get the exact flavors you are looking for.

Reader Review

Just took this to a Christmas party last night of 14 women and everyone loved it! Never thought they would eat the whole thing! Will probably make for the family Christmas dinner.

How to Make a Fall Salad

If you can dice fruit and whisk dressing, you can make this salad. Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full list of ingredients with measurements.

  1. Make the salad dressing. Whisk together the ingredients. This dressing will keep well in the refrigerator if you want to make it the night before. Just let it come to room temperature before serving and give it a good shake.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients. In a large bowl combine the mixed greens, diced fruit, craisins, blue cheese and pecans. You may find that it is better to leave the cheese on the side if you are serving guests.
An overhead photo of the Apple Pecan Fall salad with both red and green apples, pecans, and blue cheese.

Honey Mustard Dressing

As mentioned, I made my own salad dressing for this recipe. It comes together simply with ingredients that I always have on hand. Like most salad dressings it is a balance of oil and an acid. Here we are using lime juice.

  • Olive Oil
  • Lime Juice
  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper

Substitutions and Variations

  • Swap out the blue cheese. Not everyone is a fan of blue cheese. You can easily take that out and add in feta cheese instead.
  • Change the pecans. If you can’t find walnuts or they don’t appeal to you, use walnuts instead.
  • Kick the pecans up a notch. This recipe is great with salted pecans, but even more festive with candied pecans.
  • Mix up the apples. I love Gala Fuji and Jonathan apples in this, but you can use what you have.
  • Add in bacon. Looking for another great flavor to add to this salad? Pop in some bacon like we do in my Apple Salad with Bacon.

Storing Leftovers

Leftovers of this salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. My suggestion would be to serve the dressing on the side. Then lightly toss any leftovers with a little dressing. This will keep the fruit from browning in the refrigerator.

FAQ

Can this fall salad be made ahead?

This isn’t a great salad to prepare ahead of time because the apple and pear will brown. The dressing can be made ahead, which will save you a little time. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature and give it a good shake before serving.

What can I use besides blue cheese?

Feta, goat cheese, or slices of Parmesan (like in my Brussel Sprout Salad) are all good substitutes. I also have other swaps listed above.

The Apple Pecan Fall Salad with red and green apple slices (sliced into little triangles), pecans, and blue cheese.

What to Serve with Fall Salad

This salad makes a great Thanksgiving salad. At other times of the year, you can round this recipe out with a few other dishes, and it can be a meal to entertain with! Try serving it with:

If you make this great salad recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

5 from 23 votes

Apple Pecan Fall Salad

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This Fall Salad with apples and pecans is perfect for autumn! This salad, made with delicious honey mustard dressing, is a great holiday side dish or just a hearty lunch.

Ingredients

For Salad

  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 1 apple I love Jonathan, Fuji, or Gala for this salad, diced
  • 1 pear diced
  • 1/3 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese read about substitutions here
  • 1/2 cup salted pecans

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • In a mason jar, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and then shake to combine.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients. Toss to combine. Serve with the dressing on the side.

Notes

Please note that the calorie count for this is based on the idea of using all of the dressing, which you likely won’t do.
Calories: 327kcal (16%) Carbohydrates: 26.4g (9%) Protein: 4.9g (10%) Fat: 23.4g (36%) Saturated Fat: 4.5g (28%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g Monounsaturated Fat: 14.2g Cholesterol: 8.4mg (3%) Sodium: 595.8mg (26%) Potassium: 105.6mg (3%) Fiber: 3.1g (13%) Sugar: 16.8g (19%) Vitamin A: 4091IU (82%) Vitamin C: 22.4mg (27%) Calcium: 123.1mg (12%) Iron: 1.3mg (7%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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  1. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says

    Just printed the recipe for this salad! Can’t wait to try it! Beautiful photos.

  2. Melissa Griffiths says

    Summer ain’t got nothin’ on fall salads. MY FAVORITES all in one place!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Right?? So delicious!

  3. Dottie says

    5 stars
    Just took this to a Christmas party last night of 14 women and everyone loved it! Never thought they would eat the whole thing! Will probably make for the family Christmas dinner.

    • Lisa Longley says

      This makes me so happy!

  4. Sharon says

    Hi,
    I wanted to now how much salt to use….you have 1/ tsp listed, is it 1/4? 1/8? 1/2? 1 whole tsp seems like a lot for this dressing.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So sorry about that Sharon! It is one whole teaspoon. If that seems like too much for you, start with a half and go from there. But I do love the full teaspoon in this.

  5. Laura says

    What is the serving size for this recipe? Is it one full cup for a person or more?

  6. DIANA PATEL says

    Can I use normal processed cheese instead of blue cheese. Also can I use walnuts instead of pecans. For the competition should I pour dressing on the salad or keep it at the side in a bowl.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Diana! I love salads because swap outs and changes are so easy. Yes, use a different cheese if you don’t like bleu cheese. I think shaved parmesan or feta would be great in this. And that nut swap is super simple and easy. I’m not sure what you mean by competition, but if you are serving it, I usually leave dressing on the side and just let people know. Or you can add just enough to coat the ingredients, toss it, and leave the rest on the side.

  7. Lynn says

    Do the apples get brown? And if so do you put anything in them like lemon juice? Thanks in advance.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can lightly dress it before setting it out and that should help keep the apples from browning.

  8. Rainah says

    5 stars
    Made half batch for Thanksgiving for a small crowd when there were recalls on romaine, and hardly any lettuce looked good, so we used baby spinach. Well received, though no one fawned over it. Had some leftovers, so added Turkey for a simple supper later that evening for just myself. Loved that!!! That did not use all the leftovers, so I realized the next day that this salad keeps better than most after being tossed in the dressing. Had more spinach, made more salad. Still love it! Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Glad to hear you guys liked it! And Romaine recalls make me so sad! I’m glad you still made this.

  9. Lori says

    5 stars
    Made this for lunch. Delish! I only made half the recipe and it turned out well. Love the pecans in this. I did sub in Feta for the blue cheese. Not a fan.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it!

  10. Shari says

    This looks so good and I really want to try it, but my husband is allergic to honey. If I swapped the honey in the dressing for all natural maple syrup, would that completely ruin the taste? Do you have any other replacement suggestions?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think that would be delicious, Shari! A great swap!

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