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Pecans, cheese, cranberries, pears, bacon and lettuce in a bowl
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Autumn Chopped Salad

This Autumn Chopped Salad combines succulent pears, salty bacon, tart cranberries, sharp cheese, and crunchy pecans with a sweet balsamic dressing on a bed of romaine. If you are looking for a special salad to wow your guests this is it!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 cups romaine hearts chopped
  • 1 pear chopped
  • 8 pieces bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 recipe Maple Pecans chopped
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • ½ cup poppy seed dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line sheet pan with parchment or foil for easy clean up. Place bacon on sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes until crisp.
  • Make Maple Pecans according to recipe.
  • Place romaine in serving bowl. Top with pears, bacon, pecans, cheese, and cranberries.
  • Add dressings to a jar. Shake vigorously to combine. Pour dressing over salad. Use tongs to gently toss. Serve immediately.

Notes

Ways to Simplify
  • Bacon: real bacon bits that are already cooked and chopped.
  • Cheese: use pre-shredded or cubed cheese.
  • Pecans: use candied nuts. They're usually found in the produce section.
Up Your Game
 
Make Ahead Instructions: The prep can be done the day before. Wash and cut lettuce to size. I like to store mine in this salad spinner because it keeps the lettuce from turning brown on the edges. Prep all toppings except for the pear, which should be done the day of. Store each component separately. Finally, combine dressings and store in refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 8467IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg