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Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

November 25, 2017

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad is the ONE and ONLY salad you will need for the holiday season. Sweet, savory, fruity, crunchy and a gorgeous centerpiece. 

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

Close up shot Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

Santa is checking his list, checking it twice, he wants to find out who is naughty and nice....

You can be both naughty (eat delicious food) and be nice (eat healthy food) this holiday season with this delightful Dried Cranberry, Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad. With a combination of crisp healthy greens and dried fruit to combat the naughty sugar glazed pecans and blue cheese, it is the perfectly balanced salad.

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad is also a very festive for the holiday season with the beautiful green and red colors of the salad as a back drop for the cinnamon sugar pecans. Drizzling the salad with either the homemade citrus dressing or cranberry dressing just kicks up the entire experience.

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad is a fantastic salad to bring for a dish to pass as you can set it up like a salad bar with a big bowl of fresh greens and then have separate bowls of dried cranberries, sugar glazed pecans, blue cheese and the dressings on the side. Friends, family and kids can make their salads just the way they like it.

Top Down shot with Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday SaladThe sugar and cinnamon glazed pecan are a very yummy festive snack, just all by themselves. In less than 5 minutes, you can have them from stovetop to mouth and trust me you will wish you made more. They can be stored for a couple of weeks in a Tupperware or sealed baggie. In moist and humid Hong Kong, they may only last about 5 days in storage.

Close up shot of the sugared cinnamon pecans

Do you ever dread having to bring a dish to pass for an event? Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad is easy to throw together and will be the hit of the party. We like to serve the blue cheese and salad dressing on the side and let the guests help themselves.

Long photo Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

We make our sugar glazed pecans right on the stove top. The addition of cinnamon, sugar, a pinch of salt and kick of chili is just what you need to bring this nut to the next level. They are completely addictive. You can use a sugar alternative,  but you will need to adjust the sweetness level to your liking as each type of sweetener is different. We actually used Korean dried chili ground for this recipe but a dash of dried red chili flakes also works well. Adjust the spice to your desired heat level.

If you are looking for some fun and interesting Holiday mains be sure to read our Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas. 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

 

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Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

By HWC Magazine  , , , , , ,

November 25, 2017

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad is the ONE and ONLY salad you will need for the holiday season.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients

Sugar Glazed Pecans

pecans - 3 cups unsalted

sugar - 1 cup (or sugar alternative to your level of sweetness)

cinnamon - 2 teaspoons

hot pepper flakes (optional- it gives the nuts a little holiday zing) - 1/4 teaspoon or more

salt - 1/4 teaspoon

Cranberry Citrus Dressing

cranberries - 1 cup fresh

orange - medium peeled and desctioned

sugar or sugar alternative - 1/3 cup

red wine vinegar - 1/2 cup

salt - 1 teaspoon

grated onion - 1 tablespoon

Olive oil - 1 cup

Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad

washed mixed greens or baby spinach - 10 cups

dried cranberries - 1 cup (unsweetened natural if available)

carrots - grated 1 cup

radish - grated 1/2 cup (optional)

alfalfa sprouts - 1 cup

crumbled blue cheese - 1 cup

Sugar Glazed Pecan

Cranberry dressing

Directions

1 Sugar Glazed Pecans - In a large frying pan add pecans, sugar or sugar alternative, cinnamon, hot pepper flakes and salt and cook over medium heat until the sugar is all melted and pecans are crispy. Stir gently and frequently and watch them closely so they do not burn. Place sugared cinnamon pecan on parchment paper to cool and rinse your spoon and pan immediately as this forms a candy at this stage.

2Cranberry Dressing - in a blender add cranberries, orange, sugar or sugar alternative, red wine vinegar, salt grated onion and olive oil and blend until smooth. Set aside.

3Assemble the Dried Cranberry Sugar Glazed Pecan Holiday Salad - Place washed greens into a large salad bowl and garnish with dried cranberries, carrots, radish, alfalfa sprouts, crumbled blue and sugar glazed pecans. Dress with cranberry dressing. You can also set up as a salad bar with the greens in a large bowl and all of the topping in separate bowls and let everyone help themselves. Enjoy!

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