Savory Sweet Arugula with Cranberries & Candied Pecans

Peppery arugula is the perfect vessel for this savory-sweet dish. My combination of arugula (with phytochemicals), dried cranberries (rich in antioxidants), dried nectarines ( with iron, potassium and antioxidants) and pecans (lowers bad cholesterol) is healthy and a wonderful treat for the senses in colors and taste.




I’m starting with a bag of organic baby arugula.  The peppery tones play with the sweetness of dried fruit and a honey balsamic vinaigrette.  Ripe cherry tomatoes and cucumbers add a great juicy taste, and feta cheese adds a creamy texture.







Savory Sweet Arugula with Cranberries & Candied Pecans

Use organic when available. Serves 4


Savory Sweet Arugla With Cranberries & Candied Pecans

A great fall salad that even works well for the holdiays.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 xup honey
  • salt, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 2 oz grape seed oil
  • 4 cups tightly packed baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup cucumber slices
  • 1 cup candied pecans 


  •  Whisk or blend vinegar,  honey, salt and pepper 
  • Add oil slowly until mixed well
  • Refrigerate
  • In a large bowl, place arugula and pour 1/2 cup of vinaigrette down side of bowl
  • Add the rest of ingredients and toss well
  • Serve immediately

















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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “Savory Sweet Arugula with Cranberries & Candied Pecans”

  1. I’m not a fan of arugula, we call this “rocket” in the UK, but your candies pecans definitely got me! I’ve got to try this out! #MMBC

    1. Since you don’t like arugula, try it with a baby salad mix – that way the arugula is mixed with other baby greens.

  2. Thanks for sharing this – it sounds delightful! But I had to look up what arugula was and found that it is what we usually call rocket!

  3. This sounds like the perfect fall salad Carol. I love candied pecans!! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC. Pinning.

  4. I am on the lookout for healthy recipes and this one just fits the bill. Thank you for sharing it at Party in Your PJ’s! I’e pinned and shared it!

  5. I must admit, I love anything with arugula in it, so this recipe idea is right up my alley. I also find the combination of feta with dried fruit really appealing. Will definitely remember this combo – or better yet, pinning this one!

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