Overhead view of a green salad with grilled, chopped chicken, chopped apples, bacon and pecans.
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Apple Pecan Salad

This delicious Apple Pecan Salad is made with bacon, chicken (optional), and light balsamic dressing.  Serve it as a side or add chicken and make it a meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


For the Salad:

  • 2 heads Lettuce , chopped (I like to use a mixture of red leaf, spring mix, and spinach)
  • 1-2 Fuji apples , washed and diced
  • 5 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pound cooked chicken , chopped

For the Light Balsamic Dressing:

  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Toss lettuce, apples, bacon, pecans, and chicken in a large bowl.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Toss to combine. Enjoy!


To make ahead: Store the main salad ingredients separately and toss them just before eating.  After chopping the apples, add a splash of lemon juice to them to keep them from browning.
If you have washed your lettuce you can place a paper towel at the bottom of the bag or bowl to help absorb the extra moisture in the salad. This will help your lettuce stay more fresh.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1401IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg