Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad | Rawlevance.comOh boy, has it been a whirlwind since I last posted on here. After a full day of yoga teacher training, I was whisked away to a much needed vacation in Mexico. Paul and I spent the first half of our week on the beach in Xpu Ha away from the tourista scene of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It was absolutely magical. Our adorable hotel was so beachy chic with only 8 rooms and personal beach cabanas {here’s the hotel in case you’re in dire need of a vacation too}. Best of all, thanks to Jetsetter, the place cost us less than any of the places we’ve stayed at in the States this year.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad | Rawlevance.comAnyway, spending the week away meant I missed out on my favorite meal of the year: Thanksgiving. While I may not partake in eating the turkey, I am obsessed with side dishes, so Thanksgiving is right up my alley. Instead, my Thanksgiving consisted of eating at an airport Friday’s and having drinks at a French bar in Mexico City. It wasn’t exactly how you’d expect to celebrate Thanksgiving, but it was an amazing trip and I’m back feeling completely recharged. The grind was really getting to me before I left. Now that I’m back home and it’s December {when did that happen?}, I’m totally craving all that I missed out on for Thanksgiving, so I’ll probably be recreating many of the autumn flavors in my upcoming recipes.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad | Rawlevance.comToday, I’m excited to share the cranberry apple pecan salad that I’ve been eating for lunch all week. Growing up, I was convinced that cranberries only came in a jelly that was shaped as a can. That was until I did my own grocery shopping and found a bag of cranberries in the produce aisle. These real cranberries completely eluded me, so now I get really excited when they show up at the grocery store. It’s always a challenge to figure out what to do with these tart berries other than make cranberry sauce. In this cranberry apple pecan salad, I’ve put my bag of cranberries to use to make a delicious autumn salad dressing.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad | Rawlevance.comNutritional Benefits

  • Cranberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving, which protects cells from free radicals.
  • Cranberries are known to help prevent urinary tract infections.
  • The proanthocyanidine in cranberries prevents plaque formation on teeth, so don’t forget to SMILE after eating a dose of cranberries!
  • Both cranberries and apples are a great source of vitamin C which will help boost your immune system for cold season.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad | Rawlevance.com

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad
 
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Combining two seasonal fruits, this simple autumn salad is a great way to get your vitamin C for the winter ahead. This cranberry apple pecan salad will only take you a few minutes to put together and is topped off with a fresh cranberry orange salad dressing.
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
Dressing
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp pecans
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine spinach, apple slices, dried cranberries, and pecans. Toss salad to mix.
For the salad dressing:
  1. In a blender, combine fresh cranberries, orange juice, pecans, honey, and red wine vinegar. Blend until there are no chunks of cranberries.
  2. As you are blending the dressing, slowly pour the olive oil to mix throughout.
  3. Pour the salad dressing over the spinach salad. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Best served right away, but if you have leftovers, store in airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. The orange juice and red wine vinegar of the salad dressing will help slow the browning of the apple slices.

 

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