Apple Feta Pecan Salad


My grandmother always makes this as a side salad with our holiday dinners, but it is so delicious that I often find myself wishing it was the main course. Finally, after years of drooling over this salad (yes, it is possible to drool over a salad) I was able to get my hands on the recipe. Now it has become one of my favorite lunches. Believe me when I say, this salad is so good you will want to eat it for dessert.

I will typically make a batch of the roasted pecans ahead of time so I can quickly whip up the rest of the salad whenever I so choose.



For the Spiced Pecans

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 cups pecan halves

For the Salad (serving: 4 side salads or 2 lunches)

  • 1 cup spiced pecans
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 2 Tbsp feta cheese
  • green leaf lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup lite olive oil
  • Pinch granulated sugar


Spiced Pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 300ยบ F. Grease two large baking sheets.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar, water, salt and spices; stir until sugar dissolves. Add nuts to sugar mixture and cook until syrup thickly coats nuts, stirring frequently; about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer nuts to prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Cool. (store in airtight container)

The Salad

  1. In a small bowl, add sherry, dijon, olive oil and sugar; stir until combined.
  2. In a salad bowl, add lettuce, apple slices, feta and dressing. Toss until evenly coated.
  3. Divide evenly among 4 side plates (or two lunch plates). Top each salad with spiced pecans.


The Frugality

This salad costs about $9.00 total or $2.25 per side salad. OR $4.50 for an amazing lunch.

The Nutrition

If you’re looking for a healthy green lunch this salad will leave you full and satisfied. A lunch serving is around 375 calories with 266 from fat.

Here is a further breakdown:

Calories 375; Total Fat 30g (Saturated 4.8g, Polyunsaturated 7.6g, Monounsaturated 13g); Cholesterol 9.8mg; Sodium 453mg; Total Carbs 26g (Dietary Fiber 6.4g, sugars 19g); Protein 5g; Vitamin A 39%; Vitamin C 34%; Calcium 5%; Iron 14%