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spring salad with fruit, feta, and pecans

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Angela (Grammy) Derby
Charlotte, NC

Sometimes I just want a light and delicious salad with fruit and mixed greens. I love this one because it has feta and pecans, along with the fruit. It's great as an opening dish to a holiday or company meal. This recipe puts everything into a bowl for self-serve, but I like to make the individual plates and carry them to the table for each guest, kind of restaurant style. They look so beautiful and are just delicious. You can use the dressing recipe below or make your favorite.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love this fresh and fruity salad. It's beautiful, colorful and so yummy. The strawberries and mandarin oranges are just sweet enough to mix with the savory feta cheese. The nuttiness of the pecans is a great addition. What really brings this all together is the homemade raspberry vinaigrette. It's the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness from the balsamic. The vinaigrette is so good you might want to double the recipe if you love dressing.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For spring salad with fruit, feta, and pecans

  • 4 c
    spring mix greens, washed and rinsed well
  • 1 can
    mandarin oranges, drained, 4 oz.
  • 6
    medium strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 1/3 c
    crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c
    chopped pecans
  • 6 tsp
    raspberry preserves
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

How To Make spring salad with fruit, feta, and pecans

  • 1
    Raspberry Vinaigrette: Blend all ingredients together well, (a small whisk works great). Drizzle over salad just before serving.
  • 2
    Wash and dry the greens well, then just before serving, plate each individual salad bowl with the greens.
  • 3
    Divide the oranges, strawberries, feta cheese and chopped pecans onto each plate for a beautiful presentation. (The pecans can be toasted for a nuttier flavor, if desired.)
  • 4
    Lightly drizzle with the vinaigrette just before serving, and put the rest of it on the table in case anyone wants more with their salad.