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Candied Pecan Blue Cheese Cranberry Salad

Mountain Cravings
Candied Pecan Blue Cheese Cranberry Salad hits all the right notes of sweet, salty, and crunchy.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 353 kcal


  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 oz. spinach
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat pecans, sugar, and butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Stir constantly until sugar is completely melted and nuts are coated.
  • Immediately spread nuts in a thin layer over parchment paper and let cool.
  • Toss candied pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries with spinach.
  • Shake remaining dressing ingredients together and top salad.