Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad is one that will warm your hearts and your belly because it includes apples, figs, balsamic vinegar, and candied pecans – the perfect making of fall flavored salad!

I recently noticed a friend of mine post a picture of a meme that complained about recipes on blogs and how it took so long to scroll to the actual recipe due to the storytelling in the front end of the blog post. Therefore, this Fall Harvest Salad Post will dive right into how easy and simple it is to make… and of course the recipe.

Don’t forget to check out my Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving Posts over in party inspiration on the blog – this is a great addition to your Friendsgiving parties!

A couple of notes as you prepare this salad.

First off, the longer the dressing sits on the kale – the more the kale will wilt and it will be easier and tastier when you eat it! Make the salad about an hour before you actually eat it so that it and marinate. The dressing that you make can go on the salad earlier then everything else and can go on hot – it will wilt the salad faster that way.

You can add meat!

One last thing, I really like to get deli ham (cheaper than prosciutto – but you can totally use Prosciutto) and slice it into then strips and fry it on the stove to get it a little charred to add meat to my salad. Totally don’t have to!

The goal of this salad – make it, share with your friends and add what you want. I know some people love pomegranates – add them! If you want to add some pears to your dressing… do that! (there is a note about this in the recipe) Fill your table with friends and enjoy this salad. Oh and send me pics over on Instagram! #Atabletopaffair


Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad is one that will warm your hearts and your belly because it includes apples, figs, balsamic vinegar, and candied pecans – the perfect making of fall flavored salad!

  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 810 people 1x



1 tbls olive oil

1 tbls maple syrup

handful of pumpkin seeds

handful of cranberries*

handful of candied pecans*

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 14 ounce bag of Kale

1-2 honey crisp apples, thinly sliced

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

*Walmart sells an incredible Salad toppings blend – see it here


1/3 cup olive oil

1 shallot, diced

2 tbls Balsamic Vinegar (I use a Pomegranate Bals Vin from Vibrante that I love.. Shop it here.)

2 tbls apple cider vinegar

1 tbls fig preserves (the more the better)

1 tbls fresh thyme leaves

kosher salt and pepper


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    In a large salad bowl, combine the kale, pecans, and cranberries.


  2. To make the vinaigrette. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallots, cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly. Add the apple cider vinegar, fig preserves, and thyme. Season with salt, pepper, and you can even add red pepper flakes for a nice spice (I do not like this 🙂 ). 


  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, tossing to combine – the longer the dressing is on the salad the more the kale will wilt and become softer and sweeter to eat!


  4. Top the salad with Pumpkin Seeds, sliced apples, and feta. Eat and enjoy!


If you love pears, you can slice pears very thinly and add them to the dressing as you are making it on the stove.  This will marinate your pears and make them really soft!  It will also give another texture to your salad – and I’m all about textures in salads!

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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