Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressing is loaded with fall flavours and is sweet, crunchy and good for you!
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of denial that summer is nearing to an end. That’s also the sound of me rushing in, arms loaded with apples, pumpkins, butternut squash and a few leaves for table decor smiling from ear to ear.
Yeah, I’m kind of ready for fall.
It’s still pretty hot during the day time here, but last night for example I was cold. I was also up in the hills at what turned out to be two friends’ engagement party (woohoo!) but I’m hanging on to whatever hope I have for a colder period. It’s also been pouring rain since we had a storm over the weekend and I’m more than thankful for the cooler days. Even though fall doesn’t officially start until late September, in food blogger season it started up to two weeks ago and I feel as if I’ve been sitting, staring at my calendar, willing the days to move ahead. Yes, picture me eating these pumpkin pie overnight oats (YUM) while trying to push the calendar days forward.
They won’t budge. So I decided to share this apple pecan and feta salad with you now, anyway.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m into salads lately. In fact, I’m into loaded apple salads because who has time for boring plain salads?! This salad, came from my need to put pecans feta cheese and apple together in a healthy but still delicious way so of course I took to a salad. I know the word salad puts off many of us, but trust me, this is a salad you’re going to love.
On top of the combination of crisp apples, texture-adding pecans, sweet cranberries and deliciously-tart feta cheese you have the honey-apple dressing. Mr. Bakes had the idea to add apple cider vinegar to it, and the flavour combined with the honey and olive oil came through beautifully. P.S., you could also try this creamy vegan avocado dressing all over this salad – one of my new favourites.
Needless to say, I ate this right up. As soon as I finished shooting (what’s new?). And did I mention that’s not lettuce, it’s kale?! You knew that was coming right? The kale added a unique flavour that just complimented all the other ingredients. I’m all for salads that come together with no heat, no cooking and under 15 minutes.
Look out fall, we’re coming through! (It sounded funnier in my head, so please laugh).
P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:
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Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressing
Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressing is loaded with fall flavours and is sweet, crunchy and good for you! You can customise the portions in this salad to your liking.
- 3 cups kale, de-stemmed, washed and torn
- 1 apple, sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons cranberries
- 2 tablespoons pecans
- 3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
Honey-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a bowl, place the kale. Add the apples, cranberries, pecans and feta cheese on top - if you'd like, toss them in a bowl first them sprinkle on top.
Honey-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing
- Whisk the ingredients together and pour over the salad.
- This recipe is gluten free.
- TO MAKE IT VEGAN You can use this vegan feta cheese and use maple syrup instead of honey.
- TO STORE You can store this salad in an airtight tupperware container in the fridge without the dressing. You can store the dressing in a mason jar . The salad lasts about 3 days in the fridge. The dressing can last up to two weeks if stored properly.
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