Can’t Get Enough Fruit and Nut Salad

If you read my last blog titled “Customs, Changes, Positivity, and… Weddings??”, you’ve hopefully been working on my challenge to look for the silver lining in your life!

Well this salad is a silver lining in my life!

You probably also read that I made this salad for my son’s hurredly planned wedding. It’s definitely a winner! 

I know that all the changes that have been happening lately are difficult, so I want to provide you with a simple and delicious recipe that you can make often for your family. 

I hope you enjoy the “Can’t Get Enough Fruit and Nut Salad” as much as I do!

Dr. Michelle

Can’t Get Enough Fruit and Nut Salad

Are you feeling down and want to eat something sweet but not end up regretting it later? Worry no more, try this sweet and delicious salad perfect for any occasion!
I have made this for lunch, dinner, team meetings, and even my son's wedding last week! Everyone always raves about it and asks me for the recipe, so here it is.
No matter how you are feeling you are sure to love it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: family meal, Fruit, healthy, Quick, Salad, Sweet
Servings: 6 people
Author: Michelle Jorgensen


  • 1 head Lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Pear, chopped
  • ½ C Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • ½ C Candied Pecans, see recipe below
  • 1 can Mandarin Oranges, drained
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Candied pecans

  • ½ C Chopped pecans
  • 1/2 T Butter
  • 1 T Maple Syrup
  • ---------------

Healthy Poppyseed Dressing

  • ¼ C Raw Honey
  • ¼ C Cider Vinegar
  • ½ C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 t Mustard
  • ½ t Sea Salt
  • ¼ Red Onion
  • 2 t Poppy Seeds


  • Melt butter in a frying pan.
  • Add chopped pecans and maple syrup and saute over medium heat stirring constantly until light brown (be careful not to burn). Spread out on a plate to cool.
  • Add all ingredients for the poppyseed dressing (except the poppy seeds) to a high-speed blender and blend until mixed.
  • Add poppy seeds and pulse a few times to mix them in.
  • Assemble the salad in a large bowl and add the candied pecans. Serve with dressing.


This salad dressing will usually last at least a week with my family, so put it in a container to store in the fridge for your next salad.


I’m Dr. Michelle Jorgensen, I love eating food, and I live to share healthy recipes with YOU! I am not going to give you any recipes that don’t taste amazing and make your body feel great! 

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