I've been enjoying Honeycrisp apples lately. I just can't eat enough of this crunchy sweet fruit. I've been finding great ways to add apples to my meals. Who said apples only belong in desserts? Hence Honeycrisp Apple Pecan Salad with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette was born.
I got my inspiration for this recipe from a long car trip where my only option for lunch was Wendy's. Not in the mood for fried food I opted for their apple pecan salad. I knew I could replicate this recipe using fresh ingredients and making my own homemade apple cider dressing.
Success. I created the perfect fall salad that includes perfectly crisp apples with rotisserie chicken, pecans and crumbled goat cheese and topped with a homemade apple cider vinaigrette.
It's fall in Ohio which means it's Honeycrisp apple picking season. Honeycrisp apples are ripe for the picking. If you can buy local, do so. Its worth it.
How do you like your apples?
Honeycrisp Apple Pecan Salad with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Serves 2-4. Total time: 15 minutes. Printable Recipe
- 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 cups shredded chicken
- 5 ounces mixed greens
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey mustard
- Salt and pepper
To make the vinaigrette, add all the ingredients to a small container and whisk until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Place the mixed greens in a large salad bowl or in individual bowls. Arrange the chicken, sliced apples, cranberries, pecans and goat cheese on top of the greens. Drizzle with the vinaigrette.