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Cranberry Pecan Salad

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This Cranberry Pecan Salad is perfect to add to your menu!

Cranberry Pecan Salad I Mommy Hates Cooking

As we move along into the new year, I’m sure most of us are going through a diet reset.  We are all trying to get our bodies and eating habits back to normal because let’s face it, many of us have done nothing but eat sweets and treats for the last 2 months straight.  Oh wait, just me?  Surely I’m not alone on this!  I’ve started counting my calories on EVERYTHING, so this salad is a perfect solution for me.

Cranberry Pecan Salad

I’ve been trying to think of a few ways to get a healthy meal quickly, especially at lunch time.  This Cranberry Pecan Salads is just the ticket!  I made mine without pecans because of my allergies to them, but I think they are perfect for this salad.  My whole family enjoyed them with the pecans added in!

I am trying to get back to my love for salads again, even preparing them ahead in a mason jar works well for me too.  I’m trying to add a few in each week to be sure that I choose better-for-you foods for my lunch.  It’s so hard to keep on track with eating when you are home at lunch time with a fridge full of food.  I’m finding if I prep ahead my lunches then it’s easier to stay on track.  Do you prep ahead meals?  What types of lunches do you eat?

I love adding sunflower nuts to this one too, they are very tasty if you can’t have the pecans too; however, the pecans are certainly a tasty option.

Cranberry Pecan Salad

Are you ready for this tasty meal?  I paired it with the Poppy Seed Dressing from Cooking Light.

Perfection!

Cranberry Pecan Salad

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Cranberry Pecan Salad

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Green Leafy Lettuce
  • 2 Cups Fresh Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • Shredded Bacon (to your preference)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (to your preference)

Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Light Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Fat-Free Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Combine all salad ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisk well and serve topped over the salad.

Enjoy!

Disclosure:  I am a blog partner with Cooking Light; however, this is not a compensated post.

 

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6 Responses to “Cranberry Pecan Salad”

  1. Tayaposted January 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    This salad does look amazing. I tend to add pecans to just about any and everything. I love the mason jar idea as well. I’ve done it a few times myself last year. This would be great with diced chicken or turkey.

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  2. Anne Howardposted January 4, 2017 at 2:18 am

    This is right up my alley! I love all cranberries, peacans…and your alternative of sunflower seeds. Don’t worry, you are not alone on the reset button. Salad for lunch tomorrow, thanks!

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  3. Anne Howardposted January 4, 2017 at 2:19 am

    This is right up my alley! I love all cranberries, pecans…and your alternative of sunflower seeds. Don’t worry, you are not alone on the reset button. Salad for lunch tomorrow, thanks!

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  4. Valerieposted January 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I love any variation on salads I can get. The cranberries and pecans are my favorite. We are big sunflower seed eaters too. The White wine dressing sounds great.

    Happy New Year.

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  5. Aileen Adalidposted January 5, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I’ve been eating a lot healthier lately and salads are one of the many dishes that I often make. I always love some variation so thanks for this recipe idea! I’ll be trying it out

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  6. Jenniferposted January 6, 2017 at 8:02 am

    This sounds amazing. I am all about a delicious healthy salad full of nutrients like the cranberries and pecans.

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