This filling Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette is packed with layers of flavor, texture, and color. Serve it as a side dish, or enjoy it as a main.
Ready in 15 minutes
Best way to kick off a brand new year? Why, a salad recipe of course! Sure, maybe it’s a bit cliché to go all clean eating at the beginning of January. If I was a real rebel, I’d post a brownie recipe or something, but I’ve always been a rule follower. So, you get salad. AND YOU’RE GONNA LIKE IT.
(Kidding. If you don’t, that’s totally okay. I still love you.)
I actually have a big ole post coming up next week that talks all about how I’ve recommitted to healthy eating, active living, and *gasp* weight loss. Lots more on that next week, but for now, you should know that we’ve been cleaning up our diet like whoa. It’s not that we’ve ever gone fully off the wagon—no drive-thru trips here*—but the past few months have been the normal holiday indulgence. Lots more sugar, caffeine, booze, butter, and cream than my body likes.
Gone are the days where I’d beat myself up for the indulgent eating of December. Long ago, I accepted that it is a glorious part of the ebb and flow of life, and that I more than make up for the dozens of cookies I eat in December with the dozens of kale smoothies I drink January through November. Everything in moderation, including moderation.
*Actually, now that I think about it, that’s a lie. My husband and I definitely split an order of Rally’s fries while we were out Christmas shopping one day in December. BEST. FRIES. EVER. Totally worth it. No regrets.
But, alas, now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to normal. And just as I stripped my house of Christmas decorations and it felt so, so, SO good to pack it all away, I’m stripping my diet of the Christmas food, and wow, it feels so, so, SO good to be back to eating nutritious, beautiful, glorious healthy food.
I’ve been really on the dinner salad train lately. I used to not be much of a salad person, because honestly, they were boring as all get out. But a dinner salad? One that is packed with layers of flavor, texture, and color? One that is filling and hearty? I’m all about those kinds of salads!
A little bit of new year housekeeping before we get to the recipe: first up, I wanted to let you know that I’m cutting way back on posting new content in 2017 (well, at least, that’s the plan for now). Keep your eyes peeled for one new post per week going live each Tuesday morning.
Why the drop? Well, first of all, I want to devote time to making sure each new piece of content I pump out is as awesome as possible. That means things like videos for each new post (see my nerdiness above), lots more in-depth posts with tons of helpful content about healthy eating, printables, ebooks, and just a general “next levelness” to the content. Trust me. You’ll like it.
Secondly, just one new post a week frees up my schedule to make the content on all the pages of Wholefully totally awesome! I talked about this briefly in my Annual Report post last month, but a big project for 2017 is streamlining, reorganizing, and awesome-izing all of the content on Wholefully. Basically, I want to make every single post or page on this website so insanely helpful that you walk away thinking, “Well, that was awesome as hell.” There are thousands (!) of posts on Wholefully, and a large chunk of them are in desperate need of updating. And that’s the plan for the year!
My hope is that by the end of 2017, Wholefully is going to be one your best resources for information about healthy, balanced eating. And if you have any ideas for how to make that happen, come join the Friends of Wholefully Facebook Group and share! I love hearing feedback from you guys.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 4 cups chopped lettuce
- 1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola
- 1 cup pecan halves, toasted
- 1 cup low-sugar dried cranberries
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Layer all the salad ingredients, minus the dressing ingredients, in a large bowl.
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together. Drizzle over the salad and serve, with any extra dressing offered on the side.