Blackberry & Goat Cheese Salad w/ Candied Pecans

a salad isn't a salad unless it contains 50% cheese & 50% candied nutsat least that's how salad works in my world.

goat cheese
candied pecans
this salad screams summer.
and today it also screams lunch. 


Blackberry & Goat Cheese Salad

6 cups mixed greens
2 cups blackberries
1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup candied pecans (recipe follows)
dressing (recipe follows) 


To assemble: Combine blackberries and mixed greens in a large bowl.  Add dressing, using as much or as little as desired.  Toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese and candied pecans

disclaimer:  because I'm a cheese and nut fanatic, I tend to err on the side that more is better.  feel free to change the amounts to suit your preference.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp liquid honey
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
pinch of salt

In small bowl, whisk vinegar with honey, dijon, and salt.  Slowly whisk in oil until well combined.

Candied Pecans:

1/2 cup halved pecans
4 Tbsp granulated sugar
4 Tbsp water

Place pecans, sugar and water in small saucepan set on medium heat.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until golden and pecans are coated, about 5-7 minutes.  Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet to cool.


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