Cranberry + Pecan Salad


My daddy-o just spent the weekend with us.


I forget how humbling it is to be ridiculed by loved ones.


He is one of the few people who can tell me I look fugly & I’m like, “Yeah, you’re probably right.” Moms just can’t do that – especially with daughters. We take that ish so personally from moms. “You don’t like my sweater – YOU DON’T LIKE ME!” Same comment from a dad & it’s, “Wow I am so blessed that this flesh & blood of mine has such great fashion sense.”


However, dads are also the neediest creatures to exist. I pour him a warm cup of coffee & he’s all, “I need cream & sugar.” I remind him of his heart condition & refuse to serve him anything besides black coffee under my roof. He then convinces my impressionable husband to run to the local Starbucks & steal a bunch of sugar packets. Like, the lengths that dads will go to defy their children.


He’s also “dropped” a playlist on Spotify called “WestCoastThang” & I believe he is more proud of that than he is of me.



Time: 20 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4


  • 1 bag of arugula
  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 6 oz. of goat cheese
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat a skillet over low-medium heat
  • Add pecans + cook stirring constantly, for 6-7minutes
  • In a bowl, combine olive oil + balsamic vinegar + garlic + basil + oregano + brown sugar + S+P
  • In a large serving bowl, combine arugula + toasted pecans + cranberries + goat cheese + some of the dressing
  • Serve room temp or chilled
  • Eat every bite because ruffage is healthy

13 thoughts on “Cranberry + Pecan Salad

  1. lindaravello says:

    “It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas”……..another one we will be making, but I will have to sub Haloumi for goats ceese as I am the only person in France who does not like it – they think me rather strange, but I can smell the goat lol


    • Janny Woo Simon says:

      I bet you got high marks for letting your dad sample any one of your delish, scrumpious culinary masterpieces!
      And Btw… You are beautiful on the outside and have a heart of gold!


    • Rachel says:

      Really?!?!?! Mmmm it’s one of my favorite cheeses. Smell the goat – that’s hilarious. You’ll have to let me know how it is with Haloumi instead. Thank you, my friend!


      • lindaravello says:

        I know, and I eat all sorts of other very smelly ‘cows or sheeps’ cheese. I love blue cheses, but can’t do the Camembert and red wine at breakfast like some……….I am a lightweight ‘petite Anglaise’ ha ha


  2. prog chik says:

    I put some combo of nuts and dried fruit on practically every salad I eat. It’s a great way to dress salads up, isn’t it? That and bacon and/or croutons and/or hard-boiled eggs and/or bleu cheese.


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