Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans
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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!

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 make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal.  The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

I’ve got a special treat for you!  With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, I teamed up with some other fantastic food bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  We’ve got you covered with ideas for every course of your meal, including Main Dishes, Vegetables, Sides, Potatoes and of course Pies and Desserts!  Below my recipe you’ll find links to all of the fantastic recipes for your Thanksgiving meal.  Enjoy!

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 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 make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal.  The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

 

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!

Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop

Every Thanksgiving recipe your heart desires is included in this Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  See all of the recipe links at the bottom of my post.

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 make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal.  The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

 

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:

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans
Recipe Type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Erin Indahl-Fink
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 small heads of lettuce – Red Leaf, Frisee, Bib or Butter lettuce work well, rinsed and torn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries (+ 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. water)
  • 2-3 sliced green onions
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar or candied pecans
  • 1/4 c. goat cheese crumbles
  • Dressing:
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • juice of 1/2 orange (about 1/4 c.)
  • zest of 1/2 orange (about 1 Tbsp)
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Notes
Note: if you are expecting left-overs, keep the dressing on the side. Once the salad is dressed, it doesn’t keep well. The salad will keep better if its not dressed.

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Erin

 

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 make the flavor combination the perfect partner for just about any meal.  The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish!

 

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Comments

  1. I love this salad, especially those bright notes of citrus and cranberry! This would be the perfect thing to serve at Thanksgiving to help cut through the carbs 🙂

  2. I just LOVE this salad!

  3. So colorful and absolutely delicious looking!

  4. What a refreshing side dish to balance out all of the rich, heavy foods on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Delicious, colorful, full of texture…it looks just perfect, Erin! Thanks so much for sharing it as part of our Thanksgiving Menu Blog Hop!

  5. You’re so right- fresh and crunchy textures are always needed at the Thanksgiving table. Love all the holiday flavors in this gorgeous salad!

  6. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love love Thanksgiving, but (despite my apparent sugar addiction) I always miss a good green salad at the table! This one looks SO good!

  7. Goat cheese and cranberries!! Yummm!! This thanksgiving feast today is such a treat 🙂

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks so much, Zainab! Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! ~Erin

  8. Love all the bright colors in this salad! It would make a beautiful presentation for the holidays. Pinning!

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks so much, Liz!

  9. Love all the vibrant colors in this salad. Perfect for Thanksgiving, Erin!

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks so much, Liz! Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! ~Erin

  10. Amazing combination of ingredients and amazing colors!

  11. Oh man, this salad looks amazing! Perfect for Fall, and the holidays. Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday. I will be pinning and sharing this!

  12. Such a pretty fall salad!! All the flavors together sound amazing!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Erin, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans is beautiful and I’m going to make it this Christmas for my family! Your recipe listed several lettuce varieties. Should I buy one head each of a different variety, or do you recommend that both heads of lettuce be the same variety?

  14. Yum! What a perfectly delicious looking salad!

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