The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious! Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans are a cool, crisp partner for just about any meal. An amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!
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With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I wanted to bring you one of my favorite salads to serve on this wonderful holiday! My Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner. Loaded with lots of goodies like mandarin oranges, pecans and cranberries, it brings the perfect complimentary flavors to your turkey dinner!
The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious! Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal. The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!
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When it comes to planning side dishes for Thanksgiving, or any meal for that matter, I always find it complimentary to have a side dish like a fresh salad to accompany the other hot, albeit, mushy sides. I love mashed potatoes and stuffing just as much as the next person, and these will definitely be on my table for Thanksgiving. However, I also like a dish that has some fresh, crunchy textures and flavors to go along with the comfort foods.
This salad is really easy to pull together – in fact it can be done right before you serve dinner. It takes just minutes to toss your ingredients together and have it on the table. You can also prep this salad a few hours before and have it in the fridge, and once your ready for dinner, simply toss with the dressing.
The dressing for this salad is delightful! Made with just a few simple ingredients, along with some orange juice, and orange zest, it brings a really nice flavor to the salad. Not overly heavy, the balsamic dressing is great to toss on the salad just before serving or serve on the side and have your guests dress themselves.
Here’s the easy recipe for my Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans:
- 2 small heads of lettuce - Red Leaf, Frisee, Bib or Butter lettuce work well, rinsed and torn
- 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1½ c. fresh cranberries (+ 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. water)
- 2-3 sliced green onions
- ½ c. brown sugar or candied pecans
- ¼ c. goat cheese crumbles
- ¼ c. olive oil
- ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- juice of ½ orange (about ¼ c.)
- zest of ½ orange (about 1 Tbsp)
- In a small microwave safe bowl, add the fresh cranberries along with the 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp sugar. Stir. Microwave for about 2 minutes until the cranberries begin to pop. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, add the rinsed and torn lettuce greens, oranges, onions, pecans and goat cheese crumbles. Toss to combine. Add the cooled cranberries and toss.
- For the dressing: in a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, honey, juice and orange zest. Thoroughly whisk and immediately pour over the salad. Toss to coat. Serve right away.
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I hope your able to enjoy lots of food, family, friends and giving thanks for all the blessings in your life. I’m always appreciative of my family, my sweet boy, my hard working husband, the food on our table and so many other aspects of our life that others my not be fortunate enough to have. We may not have a lot, but what we do have I’m so very grateful for. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!
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