Apple, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad

Apple, Pear and Candied Pecan Salad

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Recipe Rating: 3.67166
Serves 6 to 8
Sweet and tart fruit, bitter greens, tangy cheese and luscious candied pecans all come together in perfect harmony. A crowd-pleasing dish that's great for fall family gatherings. Substitute store-bought candied pecans, if you would like to simplify.
Ingredients: 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cup raw pecan halves
  • 2 Bosc or other firm pears
  • 1 red apple such as Fuji or Pink Lady, peeled if desired and thinly sliced
  • 1 green apple such as Granny Smith or Pippin, peeled if desired and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups field greens or any baby greens
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pear or raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Method: 
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spoon sugar and cinnamon into a large bowl or plastic bag. Mix well and set aside. Place egg white in a separate bowl, whisk until frothy, and add pecans. Toss to coat completely. Add pecans to cinnamon-sugar and toss well to coat all pecans. Spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool, breaking them up with a spatula.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside

In a large serving bowl, combine pears, apples, greens, onion, cheese, and cooled pecans. Drizzle with olive oil mixture and toss to coat.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 320 calories (240 from fat), 27g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 18g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 7g protein.
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