Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans #Christmas #Salad

The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Salad recipe with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans are a cool, crisp partner for just about any meal.


  • 2 small heads of lettuce - Red Leaf, Frisee, Bib or Butter lettuce work well, rinsed and torn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries (+ 2 Tbsp. sugar and 2 Tbsp. water)
  • 2-3 sliced green onions
  • 1/2 c. candied pecans
  • 1/4 c. goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • juice of 1/2 orange (about 1/4 c.)
  • zest of 1/2 orange (about 1 Tbsp)


  1. In a small microwave safe bowl, add the fresh cranberries along with the 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp sugar. Stir. Microwave for about 2 minutes until the cranberries begin to pop. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, add the rinsed and torn lettuce greens, oranges, onions, pecans and goat cheese crumbles. Toss to combine. Add the cooled cranberries and toss.
  3. For the dressing: in a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, honey, juice and orange zest. Thoroughly whisk and immediately pour over the salad. Toss to coat. Serve right away.

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