Autumn Apple and Pear Salad with Cheddar and Candied Pecans

Autumn apple and pear salad with candied pecans

This salad is simple and full of flavor! Drizzle our homemade honey mustard dressing over it, or top with your own favorite dressing. Enjoy as a side or add protein like chicken, tofu, quinoa, or beans for a more complete meal.

Autumn apple and pear salad with cheddar and candied pecans


  • Red leaf lettuce
  • 3 apples
  • 3 pears
  • Cheddar cheese

Candied Pecans

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup pecans

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Chop the lettuce and thinly slice the pears and apples
  2. Dice the cheddar and toss all ingredients in a bowl
  3. For the candied pecans, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and water into a sauce pan at medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling and the sugar is dissolved. Spread pecans out on baking sheet and drizzle the brown sugar mixture over, making sure to evenly coat each pecan on both sides. Once set, add the pecans to the salad
  4. For the honey mustard dressing, combine the dijon, honey, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle over the top of the salad