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Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad

(gluten free, vegetarian, soy-free, peanut-free, can be vegan/dairy free, can be nut free)

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your salad game, this Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad is it!!

The simple vinaigrette is tart yet sweet, and compliments the pecans and feta so well. Plus, the fresh blueberries and crisp apples make it the perfect hybrid of summer and fall!

I love this salad as a starter or side dish, but it also works great as a lunch with a protein like chicken mixed in.

Goodbye boring salads! We won’t miss you!

I love this salad as a starter or side dish, but it also works great as a lunch with a protein like chicken mixed in.

Ingredients you’ll need for this Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad:

  • spinach and/or arugula
  • blueberries
  • apple (or pear)
  • pecans (or walnuts)
  • feta cheese

For the vinaigrette dressing:

  • neutral-tasting oil (olive, avocado, canola, safflower, sunflower)
  • vinegar (red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar)
  • dijon mustard
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • white granulated sugar
  • salt & pepper
I love this salad as a starter or side dish, but it also works great as a lunch with a protein like chicken mixed in.

Other salad recipes you’ll love:

Is this Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad gluten free?

Yes! Since you are making your own salad dressing (without starch thickeners/emulsifiers), there is no gluten in this salad.

Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad on a white plate.

How do I make this salad vegan?

Simply omit the feta cheese. You’ll unfortunately lose some of the flavour (mainly salt) and texture, but the salad will still be tasty! You can try adding some dairy free cheese, or even making a vegan cheese substitute like homemade vegan parmesan (or I’m sure there’s a homemade vegan feta out there somewhere!!).

Other vegan salad dressing recipes to try:

Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad on a white plate.

How do I make this salad nut free?

Replace the pecans with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds! Although it’s not the same texture, you’ll get a similar nuttiness that will compliment the other flavours in the salad.


ENJOY! Be sure to leave a comment below if you make this recipe, and DM or tag me on Instagram @madebyme.g so that I can see your creations (it always makes my day :))

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Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad on a white plate.

Blueberry Apple Pecan Salad


  • Author: Made by Meg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups salad (46 servings) 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This blueberry apple pecan salad is super refreshing, both tart and sweet, and so easy to make! Plus it’s gluten free, vegetarian, soy free, and peanut free. Vegan and nut free suggestions below!


Ingredients

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  • FOR THE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:

    • 1/2 cup oil of choice* (neutral flavoured – olive, canola, avocado, safflower, sunflower, etc.)
    • 1/4 cup vinegar of choice** (red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar)
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp white sugar
    • pinch of salt (to taste)
    • pinch of black pepper (to taste)

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 8 cups spinach and/or arugula
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 cup apple (or pear), chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions

 

  1. Make the vinaigrette dressing: Mix (whisk or shake) all the dressing ingredients together in a glass jar. Store in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the salad. (The vinaigrette dressing can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for about one week).
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and/or arugula, blueberries, apple, pecans, and feta. Keep the dressing separate from the salad until you’re ready to serve/eat it!
  3. To serve: Drizzle the vinaigrette dressing onto the salad and toss so that everything is evenly coated with the dressing.

Notes

*You may use any neutral flavoured all-purpose vegetable oil here (not coconut oil, peanut oil, or sesame oil in this recipe).

**I like red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar in this recipe because they have the most flavour, but a white vinegar works too!

This salad also works great with pear or walnuts. You can also add in different fruit if you choose!

Make it Vegan: Omit the feta. You’ll lose some of the flavour (mainly salt) and texture, but the salad will still be tasty! If you’d like, you can try adding in some dairy free cheese.

Make it Nut Free: Replace the pecans with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds! Although it’s not the same texture, you’ll get a similar nuttiness that will compliment the other flavours in the salad.

  • Category: Salad

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