Apple Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

  • Author: Claire Cary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Salad
  • Cuisine: American


Say hello to your new favorite Fall side dish. This Apple Arugula Salad is the perfect addition to a Fall dinner or just as a yummy lunch! It’s bursting with flavor from onions, crisp apples, and candied pecans. Topped with an easy vinaigrette for a simple 10 minute dish!





  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp water


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Add the coconut sugar, water, salt and cinnamon to a saute pan and bring to a low boil. 
  2. Add the pecans and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the pecans are well coated and no extra liquid remains. 
  3. Remove from the pan and set aside. 
  4. Use a mandolin or knife to thinly slice the onion and apples. 
  5. Add the arugula to a large bowl with the apples, onion, dried cranberries and pecans. 
  6. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or container. 
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad when you are ready to serve. 


You can use any variety of apple for this salad, but a nice crisp apple works best. I use 1 granny smith and 1 honeycrisp apple. 

I suggest this mandoline slicer to get the apple and onion into very fine, thin strips. 

For a lighter, low sugar option, use regular pecans and not candied. 


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 201
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Fat: 13.2
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 1.5g

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