Perfect Winter Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This is my most-requested salad recipe. Serve it as a side salad along with your holiday meal, or enjoy it for lunch the next day with cubed turkey or chicken on top. —DeNae Shewmake, Burnsville, Minnesota
Perfect Winter Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) spring mix salad greens
  • 2 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion


  1. In a small bowl, mix first 5 ingredients; gradually whisk in oil until blended. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  2. To serve, place remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 235 calories, 18g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.