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Apple Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

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!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Claire Cary

Ingredients
 

Salad:

Pecans:

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

Dressing:

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

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