Who says apples are a fall fruit? They can be just as springtime-scrumptious as the next fruit, and Apple Pecan Salad sets out to prove it! The apple is crisp and fresh and sweet and juicy, contrasting with the smoky-sweetness of the candied pecans, the garden-leafiness of the lettuce, and the sharpness of the cheddar, and it’s altogether just a joy to bite into time and time again, regardless of the season! Throw a creamy lemon dressing on top for some richness and brightness and you have a salad that embodies the best of spring and apples alike! Apple Pecan Salad might seem simple on the surface, but the flavors are stellar!

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Ingredients

For the creamy lemon dressing:

  • 3/4 cup crème fraiche or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:

  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup candied pecans
  • 4 ounces aged white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chives, minced

Directions

Step 1 –In a medium bowl, combine the crème fraiche, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, the lemon zest, the honey, and the salt, whisking until smooth.

Step 2 –Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl.

Step 3 –Drizzle the apple slices with the remaining lemon juice and toss to prevent the apples from browning.

Step 4 –Add the apple slices, the pecans, the grated cheese, and the chives to the salad bowl.

Step 5 –Add the creamy lemon dressing and toss until the salad is well coated.

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Step 6 –Serve immediately.