Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans
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This Cranberry Salad recipe is the perfect holiday dinner side!

The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Salad recipe 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.

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!

I wanted to bring you one of my favorite salads to serve on this wonderful holiday.  My Cranberry Salad recipe 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!

Here’s a quick-reference shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need to make this Cranberry Salad recipe:

  • 2 Small Heads of Lettuce (or 1 large): Red Leaf, Frisee, Bib or Butter Lettuce work well
  • Mandarin Oranges (1 can)
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Green Onions
  • Candied or Brown Sugar Pecans
  • Goat Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Orange (for juice and zest)

(Please reference the recipe below for exact ingredient amounts and full directions.)

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 salad recipe 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 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!

Cranberry Salad Recipe – Crisp Texture with Great Flavor Contrast

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 Balsamic 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 directions for my Cranberry Salad recipe:

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Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

The perfect side for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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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. 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.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Salad

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.

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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.  We may not have much, but what we do have I’m so very grateful for.  Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Erin

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Ruth's Chris restaurants are famous for this amazing Sweet Potato Casserole - now you can make it at home! Creamy, delicious sweet potatoes are topped with a crisp, pecan streusel topping making for an amazing side dish to any holiday meal!

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A delicious twist on the classic pumpkin pie! Dazzle your Thanksgiving dinner guests with this wonderfully simple pie recipe that is topped with a silky, delicious meringue. Easy enough to make for your holiday meal, and fancy enough for a formal dinner!

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The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Salad recipe 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. 

 

Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop

The Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop recipes are all here

Main Dishes
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Maple – Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage | Five Heart Home
Turkey Tetrazzini w/ Mushrooms and Kale | The Fountain Ave Kitchen
Orange Balsamic Glazed Ham | Cherished Bliss
Turkey Soup | Carmel Moments
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey | Thoughts from Alice

Vegetables
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Cauliflower Gratin | Love Grows Wild
Creamy Cheese Corn Casserole | Five Heart Home
Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans | Delightful E Made
Sautéed French Green Beans | Cherished Bliss

Potatoes
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Potatoes Au Gratin | Yummy Healthy Eats
Mashed Sweet Potatoes | Live Laugh Rowe
Honey-Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Cooking with Ruthie
Cheesy Garlic & Herb Mashed Potatoes | Cherished Bliss

Sides & Breads
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Harvest Grain Rolls | Heather’s French Press
Jello Salad | Your Homebased Mom
Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread | Five Heart Home
Brown Rice | Uncommon Designs

Pies
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie | Cooking with Curls
Apple Pie Waffles | Club Narwhal
Raspberry Pie | Dessert Now Dinner Later
Triple Layer Chocolate Pie | I Should be Mopping the Floor
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pecan Pie | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Desserts
25+ Amazing Thanksgiving Recipes. So many great ideas for those holiday meals!

No Bake Brown Sugar Cheesecake w/ Spiced Pears | Baking a Moment
Nutella Kahlua Truffles | Kleinworth & Co
Pumpkin Cupcakes & Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Cupcake Diaries
Cream Filled Coffee Cake | Tastes of Lizzy T
Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine | Wine and Glue
Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake | Maison De Pax

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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 :)
  8. Love all the bright colors in this salad! It would make a beautiful presentation for the holidays. Pinning!
  9. Love all the vibrant colors in this salad. Perfect for 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!
  15. Hello my friend! I wish to say that this article is amazing, nice written and come with almost all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

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