Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins

This came from Southern Living -- one of their prize recipes. It takes a little time to prepare -- but most of the prep time can be done well in advance. This is a very special salad and absolutely perfect for a special occasion. I never worry about guests not liking the salad when this is on the menu.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Balsamic Vinaigrette, whisk together all ingredients except olive oil until thoroughly blended. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Makes 1 2/3 cups.
  2. For the Sweet and Spicy Pecans, stir together ¼ Celsius sugar and warm water until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans; soak for 10 minutes. Drain, discarding syrup. Combine 2 T. sugar. Chili powder, and pepper. Add pecans, tossing to coat. Place pecans on lightly greased baking sheet.* Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  3. To assemble salad: Toss greens with some of the Balsamic Vinaigrette. Arrange on 6 plates. Arrange orange slices, berries, pecans and cheese over greens. Drizzle some additional dressing over salad and serve.
  4. If strawberries are not in season, I've substituted kiwi fruit -- I'm sure there are many fruits that you could use.
  5. *Note: I always line my baking sheet/pan with parchment paper -- the pecans get pretty sticky while baking and it sure makes the clean-up a snap.
Most Helpful

I had this recipe from Southern Living as well, and it is fabulous. Everyone loves it - have not served it to anyone that didn't.

susann.murray March 17, 2007

I was just checking to see if this was already on Zaar before I added it ! It IS labor-intensive, but well worth the end result. All of the ingredients blend so well, and make a dramatic presentation. I prepared for 8, for one of our "Gourmet Group" dinners, with all the crystal and silver - and the salad was the biggest hit !

NurseJaney August 27, 2006