This Apple Arugula Salad with Honey Pecans is a great way to take advantage of the season’s harvest. It is loaded with signature superfoods of fall like apples, pomegranate and pecans, tomatoes, and arugula. No problem in feeding a crowd, you can double the recipe easily.
There are so many apple varieties in season now. I chose Fuji apple in this autumn salad recipe for its sweetness and crispy bite. It compliments the tangy apple cider dressing beautifully. What a fantastic blend of flavors with toasty honey pecans, juicy pomegranate, spicy arugula and sweet tomatoes.
Making the honey pecans for this autumn salad is very simple and easy. All it takes is 5 minutes to toast it on the stove top. Then magic happens when you finally pour the honey on the toasted pecans. Suddenly it bubbles up like caramel and it smells amazing! At this point I will warn you that you can not resist eating the pecans. But, please have some self control as you need it for the salad later. Or, you can make a big batch of this honey pecans and enjoy it later for snack. (It is like candy!)
To boost the flavor of the dressing, I use apple cider vinegar and honey. It is best to wait for serving time and slowly pour it all over the top of the salad. This way the salad does not get soggy. Who wants to eat a soggy salad?
What I love about this apple arugula salad is it’s so colorful and delicious. Let me tell you that it will really impress your family or guests. It’s great to serve as a holiday side dish too. Best of all, its budget-friendly.
So if you are looking to try a new side dish or salad this season, this is it. Also, it can easily be turned into a meal by adding protein such as chopped cooked chicken breast. Or be more festive and sprinkle crumbled feta or goat cheese on the top.