13 March 2016

Apple, Beet and Pecan Salad


I know we haven't quite reached spring yet, but I'm still craving salads. It's so bright and sunny outside and the daylight is around much longer. I feel I can finally throw off winter.

On a sunny day, it's actually quite warm up here in Scotland. I went without my coat one lunchtime this week. Of course those of you further south in, let's say London, will be reaching for thick scarves and gloves and chittering a little, but we're a hardy bunch up here in bonnie Scotland.






This salad was particularly fresh. Crisp slices of apple, a mixture of green salad leaves and peppery rocket, crunchy pecans and refreshing slices of cucumber finished off with pickled baby beets for a little piquancy and a drizzle of honey (or agave) and mustard dressing.

Have I got your attention yet?


Apples! I realised the other day that I don't include a lot of fruit in my salads. This one features apple and I often include pear, but I rarely go beyond that. So in the coming months I'd like to try and include more fruit in my salads, either the salad itself or in the dressing. If I forget, please give me a nudge and say I thought you were going to start getting fruity with your salads Jac.  I don't have the best memory.

Today I'll leave you the recipe for this a-little-bit fruity salad.


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Apple, Beet and Pecan Salad
A delicious spring salad of apples, beets and pecans with a honey (or agave) and mustard dressing.
Ingredients
  • 1 red apple
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 100g salad leaves, including rocket
  • 2 - 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 6 pickled baby beets, halved
  • 12 slices cucumber
  • a handful of pecans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 - 2 tsp honey (or agave nectar) add 1 tsp then taste
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • a grinding of black pepper
Instructions
1. Slice the apple thinly in full circles, then toss in lemon juice to prevent discolouring.2. Whisk up the olive oil, vinegar, honey (or agave), mustard and black pepper.3. Layer up your salad, leaves, spring onion, cucumber, apple slices, beets. Sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with dressing.4. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 2


If you like hearty salads, try my Bulgur, Couscous and Puy Lentil Salad.


46 comments:

  1. 3 glorious things! Apples, beets, and pecans! All such naturally sweet flavors, love it! xo

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    1. Yes and they work really well together.

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  2. We had salad this weekend, first time I've really felt like it for a while. Love the combination you have created and anything with pecan nuts in it is hit with me!

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    1. I know it's definitely been soup weather lately Janice. And yes pecans are so tasty.

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  3. It's actually sunny and allllmost warm today! So a salad sounds lovely. Love that this one still feels nice and hearty from the walnuts and beetroot - perfect when the weather can't make its mind up :)

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    1. I think a salad needs to be hearty if it's a main meal. I have to admit beetroot goes into a lot of my salads.

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  4. This looks glorious Jacqueline, I've had walnut in salad but never pecans so would love to try this:-)

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    1. They are great in salads Camilla, you should definitely try it.

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  5. Beaufitul and colored salad!
    Happy Sunday

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    1. Thanks Manu and happy Sunday to you too :)

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  6. Yum!! I LOVE nuts in my salad. Gotta have a crunch!

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  7. I'm loving this flavour combination... your salad looks so good and healthy!

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  8. This looks so vibrant and fresh and I love the inclusion of pecans. Love apple in my salads, but they've got to be cored.

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    1. Ah you wuss ;) And yes the pecans are good Choclette.

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    2. Haha, I'm taking that one on the chin :)

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    3. Hehe, You could cut in and just snip out the middle. hardly anything there :) ps I don't own a corer lol!

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  9. I love salads with beet, but not pickled. I've made a similar salad and must say it tastes awesome and is a tummy filler.

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    1. I love all beetroot, pickled, raw or roasted. Yum!

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  10. Sounds good, although I'm still into my comfort food for winter, despite being down south! I'll save this one for later

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    1. Still on soups then. Yes I think we are getting slightly better temperatures at the moment.

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  11. Gorgeous photos of the salad - sounds delicious - I love fruit in salads but don't do it much either - good luck with increasing your fruit in salads - might inspire me if you post some

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    1. Thanks Johanna, I am going to give it a go anyway.

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  12. I love putting apples in my salads. This is such a lovely combination of ingredients.

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  13. You've made me crave a salad now! It looks delicious. I love the apple pecan combo and the addition of the beets. All those lovely flavours and textures are lovely :O)

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  14. I just love beets, and especially love them in salad. I think this sounds great paired with the apples & cucumbers! So refreshing and delicious!

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  15. What a great combo, Jacqueline! Looks so delicious and I love beets in salads!! :-)

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    1. Me too Sina, I'm a big lover of beets in all their gorgeous forms.

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  16. Wow! Definitely have to try this, I am obsessed with pecans at the moment, best food ever! ! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. They are rather good. I don't eat them that often actually. I bought them with salad in mind.

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  17. I love the flavours you've put together here Jac... a bit of sweetness and lots of crunch - that's just how I like my salads. It's sunny but still chilly down here in Whitley Bay... but we still managed to sit outside and eat our lunch yesterday which felt novel! I think I'll try your salad combo on a nice warm jacket potato :-)

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    1. Lunch outside, fabulous. I bet that was great and cheered you all up no end. No skip the baked potato Katie, be brave!

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  18. Looks lovely, apple and beets are my favourite. I could eat beetroot everyday in fact.

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  19. Yummy looking salad! I've never had beets and apples together, sounds like a lovely combo especially with some buttery pecans.

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    1. It works really well together Brie. It would be great with raw or roasted beets too.

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  20. What a lovely salad Jac. I get quite lazy with my daily salad for lunch - this would certainly brighten things up.

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  21. It is looking so beautiful. Honey is my favorite in all dishes because I like the yummy taste of honey. Moreover, it is very nice sharing keep sharing more salad recipes. Thanks for sharing it.

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  22. What a pretty colourful salad! I usually mix beets with walnuts in salads, must try pecans too.

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