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Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Serve this classic flavor combination with roast chicken.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2005

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups salad, 2 teaspoons cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts)


  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cup gourmet salad greens (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 medium McIntosh apple, cored and cut into 18 wedges
  • 1 medium Bartlett pear, cored and cut into 18 wedges
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted


Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 tablespoons (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk.

Combine greens, grapes, apple, and pear in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 134
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.1g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 255mg
  • Calcium: 93mg

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Autumn Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans Recipe