SO.......this has become my absolute favorite winter salad. I found and adapted the recipe for Thanksgiving and it has become a staple at our house ever since. Like any recipe, make it your own...add...take away...substitute...whatever floats your boat. I am lazy and buy candied pecans. You can totally make your own. Our new Kroger has an amazing bulk section. They sell honey glazed and cinnamon covered pecans (ps....buying from the bulk section is a huge money saver. They have raw cashews, quinoa, chia seeds, flax seeds....yogurt covered pretzels (oops)). I usually do the honey glazed. They are the perfect amount of sweetness. Another optioned I LOVED (and that took this recipe to a whole new level) was the bourbon praline pecan from Fresh Market. OMG. So FREAKING good. The dressing is also #myjam. Super easy, very light, and the perfect compliment to the salad toppings.
I served this salad at the Nativity Kindergarten Mom's Fitness Party last night. First of all, what a fun group. They were a blast. And the snacks at the end were totally worth the hard work they put in. Below you can check out their workout. Start at push ups and end on burpees. At the end of each round we did some type of group fitness activity (group Russian twists, plank and push up relay, lunge and squat jacks etc.). If you are doing this at home you can totally pick a different activity to do at the end (run the stairs a few times or jog a lap around the house). After each round, you will flip over the first sign (far left---so push ups go first), then you will start on the second exercise. So round two will start with alternating planks. You are finished once you have flipped all of the signs over. By the end of the workout you will have completed 96 burpees.....just saying. It works.
I AM A 30-SOMETHING, FOOD-LOVING, FITNESS-OBSESSED, DIY-ING, WORK-A-HOLIC, MOMMY, DOGGY MOMMY & AND WIFEY.....THAT DECIDED TO SHARE MY LIFE WITH YOU. WELCOME AND ENJOY!