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Apple Arugula Salad with Cheddar, Candied Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette

A simple fresh salad that's perfect for fall. Add some grilled steak or chicken and make it a main dish!


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1-2 tart apples , sliced (see Note)
  • ½ cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Candied pecans , recipe below
  • Balsamic vinaigrette , recipe below

Candied pecans:

  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup whole pecans

Balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic , minced


To make the candied pecans:

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the pecans and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 325°F oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

To make the balsamic vinaigrette:

  • Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, pepper and minced garlic to a small mason jar. Screw the lid on tightly, then shake vigorously until sugar and salt are dissolved.

To assemble the salad:

  • Toss the arugula with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Add the apple slices, shredded cheese and candied pecans. Serve immediately.
Note: I recommend honey crisp, gala or jonathan apple varieties.


Sodium: 388mg, Calcium: 154mg, Vitamin C: 6mg, Vitamin A: 655IU, Sugar: 22g, Fiber: 4g, Potassium: 247mg, Cholesterol: 15mg, Calories: 484kcal, Saturated Fat: 7g, Fat: 41g, Protein: 7g, Carbohydrates: 27g, Iron: 1mg
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