Bourbon Pecan Salad

Bourbon Pecan Chicken Salad

We generally have salad a few nights a week year round but summer seems to bring out the desire for big green salads in our house. We love mixing all different kinds of cheeses, fruits, lettuces, and vegetables together to get the perfect blend of ingredients. During the summer I take more time to make salad dressings to. I seem to “forget” over the winter how easy they are to make and end up grabbing the bottled dressings. Then summer rolls around and I remember how much we prefer our own homemade dressings. They are super simple to make and make the salad taste so much better.

Verdict: This is such a great salad. We make this several times a year for dinner. Add some chicken or shrimp and it is a full meal. We love the crunch and the tangy dressing of the salad. 

Bourbon Pecan Salad

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 5oz lettuce blend
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz Feta, crumbled

For the Pecans:

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons bourbon 
  • 1 cup pecans, halves or pieces
  • pinch coarse sea salt

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper


  1. Pecans: Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet then set aside. Add brown sugar, butter, and maple syrup to a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted and bubbling, stir in bourbon then add pecans. Cook while stirring constantly until mixture begins to crystallize around the pecans, 1-2 minutes. Spread pecans onto parchment paper then sprinkle with coarse sea salt and cool completely.
  2. Red Wine Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorsously.
  3. Add lettuce blend to a large bowl then add cranberries, onions, sliced apples, cheese, and pecans on top. Drizzle with dressing then toss to combine and serve.

Bourbon Pecan Salad

8 Comments Add yours

    1. koolaidmoms says:


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  1. Nothing is better than a homemade dressing
    The salad sounds delish!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!


  2. Erika says:

    That is a very healthy dinner. I like salads for dinner!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I do too. We tend to eat really late in the summer so it is nice to not eat too heavy at the end of the day.


      1. Erika says:

        That’s true😊

        Liked by 1 person

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