Crisp Romaine Salad Recipe With Feta, Glazed Pecans & Apple With Dijon Vinaigrette by Donna John

Crisp Romaine Salad Recipe With Feta, Glazed Pecans & Apple With Dijon Vinaigrette

Spring and summer is the time to incorporate more healthy salads into your diet. You can serve salads as a side dish or make a heartier salad for a main dish. This fresh salad with feta, glazed pecans and apple can do both! Serve as a side dish with your favorite dinner or add chicken, shrimp or salmon to make a main dish salad. Another option? Eat it as a vegetarian lunch or dinner.

Here is your shopping list for this fresh, healthy salad recipe: butter, pecans, granulated sugar, romaine lettuce (or your favorite lettuce), an apple and crumbled feta cheese. The vinaigrette dressing is a tangy combination of olive oil, green onion or fresh chives, balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard.

The only cooking involved in making this salad is glazing the sweet pecans, which takes under five minutes. The glazed pecans are combined with crisp romaine lettuce, fresh tart apple and salty feta cheese. The tangy Dijon vinaigrette adds one more layer of flavor. This is a delicious salad perfect for not only summertime and springtime, but also the fall months.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce (or your favorite lettuce), torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles

Dijon Vinaigrette

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Recipe Notes

  • Watch the pecans closely while they cook so they don't burn.
  • Butter lettuce, baby gem, baby spinach, arugula or spring mix could be substituted for the romaine.
  • You don't have to use all the salad dressing. Store the leftover vinaigrette in a mason jar or salad dressing cruet and use another day.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl or jar. Shake or whisk to combine. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in skillet. Add the pecans and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring.
  3. Add the sugar and season with salt. Cook about 1 more minute, stirring.
  4. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  5. Put the lettuce, apple, feta and pecans into a salad bowl.
  6. Add desired amount of dressing. Season with fresh cracked black pepper.
  7. If using chicken or other protein, top the salad and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 581

Total Fat: 57.1g

Saturated Fat: 14.7g

Cholesterol: 49mg

Sodium: 491mg

Total Carbohydrate: 15.3g

Dietary Fiber: 4.4g

Total Sugars: 9.7g

Protein: 8.6g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 211mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 249mg

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Those pecans alone are worth making this salad, so good!
Elisa Schmitz
Great salad recipe, Donna John . I've been trying to get more creative with my salads so thanks for the inspo!

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