Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad

I like my salads with some substance. Give me something sweet, savory, crunchy, soft. I want a salad that has it all …

Tangy baby arugula, sweet cranberries, crunchy pecans and salty Feta create a harmony of fresh flavors that I personally can’t get enough of.

If you still need convincing, how about those colors …  the jewel-like tones of emerald-green arugula, topaz-hued pecans and ruby-red cranberries are like flavorful bits of a kaleidoscope right there on your plate.  

Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad

1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

12 ounces baby arugula, rinsed 
1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled Feta
In a small bowl, whisk the salt, shallot, balsamic vinegar and pepper well. Add the olive oil in a steady stream and whisk until emulsified.

In a larger bowl, combine the arugula, pecans and cranberries. Top with the vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with the Feta and serve.

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16 Responses to “Baby Arugula, Cranberry, Pecan and Feta Salad”

  1. Rosa says:

    That salad looks and sounds soooo good! Very autumnal…



  2. I absolutely love dried cranberries and pecans in salad. the addition of feta just makes this over the top!

  3. The Hubbie, says:

    This salad tastes even better than it looks!!! Good Job Maraki….

  4. Mihaela says:

    Hi, this salad looks so good. I hope you don’t mind if I make it and post it on my blog with a link to yours. Mihaela

  5. admin says:

    Mihaela, thanks for stopping by … and that sounds like a great idea. I look forward to reading your post!

  6. I like my salads with substance also! I’d like to follow the “hubbie” with a good job maraki…

  7. Peter says:

    Maria, this salad jumps from the bowl…makes one really want to eat it now!

  8. Ivy says:

    We are on the same wave line. I posted a rocket salad I made last month. Love pecans and cranberries and often used them together with rocket.

  9. This salad is one that I could eat several times a week and not tire of;love all these ingredients with a passion!

  10. Ruby says:

    What a great mix of sweet & savoury, soft & crunchy! Also, anything with feta is pretty much ok in my books! By the way, you might be interested in my next (Greek-inspired) post – for PFB round 4 if I make it through, or ‘just because’ if I don’t! ;-)

  11. Definitely my kind of flavors in this salad! So pretty too!

  12. Foodjunkie says:

    I agree: salads are nice with some substance. This is definitely a meal by itself and must be quite tasty too, Unfortunately in Greece we don;t find pecans that often and when we do they are not fresh. I think I would use walnuts instead.

  13. Mihaela says:

    Hi, check out my salad at
    I have to give it to you, your pictures looks much better :) The salad was delicious!

  14. Phivos says:

    What a ‘delicious’ blog. Kind regards and ‘kali orexi’!

  15. λαχταριστή κι ολόφρεσκη, σκέτος πειρασμός

  16. maria says:

    this is my kind of salad – it has many variations, eg walnut instead of pecan, pomegrante instead of cranberry, lettuce/spinach/arugula mixture – i make this kind of salad right throughout the winter until the tomatoes come out

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