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Summer Harvest Salad

About once a month, I treat myself to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City. I know you probably won't believe me, but I go there for one particular salad that's on the menu. And I order the same thing, every time. 

My monthly splurge costs me a whopping $160 a year. That's right, my favorite salad and an iced tea costs me a little over $13. And, I gladly pay it because it is the best damn salad I've ever had. 

Summer Harvest Salad

Summer Harvest Salad

Is the salad made of gold, you might ask? No, but if someone told me it was, I might believe them. The restaurant pairs spring lettuce mix with Gorgonzola cheese crumbles,  cut Granny Smith apples, candied pecans, and dried cranberries and tops it off with the perfect dressing, a champagne honey vinaigrette. 

Summer Harvest Salad

Summer Harvest Salad Ingredients: Spring Mix, Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, champagne vinaigrette, olive oil, honey

When I started freezer cooking, I quickly realized how much money I was wasting by not bringing my own lunch. I began packaging individual sized lunch portions and freezing them. I'd stock my fridge at work after a long weekend of freezer cooking, and be set for lunch. But, I still kept my monthly salad indulgence.

Recently, I set out to make a copycat recipe. I reasoned that if I figured it out, it would be a win/win situation for me! I could save money, AND eat this salad much more than once a month. I'm happy to report that I nailed it! 

Summer Harvest Salad

Summer Harvest Salad

 This salad recipe is so fresh, and so easy to throw together. The Champagne Honey Vinaigrette is a perfectly tart compliment to the candied pecans and creamy Gorgonzola cheese. Serve as a beautiful starter salad, or with grilled salmon or chicken for an incredibly healthy meal. 

Summer Harvest Salad

A delightfully refreshing salad combining baby greens, candied pecans, cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, and apples with a simple honey-champagne vinaigrette.


For the salad

  • 6 oz mixed baby greens*
  • ½ cup Easy Candied Pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2.5 ounces gorgonzola cheese**
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced

For the dressing

  • 4 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper


  1. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl or dressing container, add dressing ingredients and shake or whisk to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad, mix well to combine.


  • *Or spinach, or whatever lettuce you have on hand.
  • ** Sub feta, bleu or crumbled goat cheese if desired.

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