Cherry and Pecan Salad

When I am entertaining for the holidays, I typically put the most effort into the main course…the salad and the dessert really need to be quick and easy so I can put the entire meal together in time. This is a salad I made over the weekend that I thought I would share…very simple, not a lot of cutting, and so yummy!  My guest even asked to take some home with her! The red and green colors make it look festive with very little effort.. 

This is how I made it….
1 large box of organic mixed greens
1/2 cucumber (peeled and chopped)
1 bag of dried cherries
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of swiss cheese finely shredded (you could also use a crumbled cheese)
Good Seasons Dressing:
1 packet of Good Seasons Italian dressing mix 
~Make according to directions using white vinegar and vegetable oil then, add 1 Tbsp of sugar and 1 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese. Shake well, then toss in the salad! 



  1. Courtney (Women Living Well) says:

    The salad is so pretty and so is your kitchen table photo on the right! I just love your site girl – it's is SO COMFY!!!

  2. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thanks Courtney!! Love ya Sista!

  3. Hello from France who I never see dried cherry!!
    Your salad is so nice, I will try her when my parents come (I think they don't know pecan nut either). I will remplace the cherry with dried cranberry (I can found that in France).
    Janelle, my children are so happy I found your site, they love american's food and It's so nice to change the habits!!!
    Thank's a lot.
    Blessings from France

  4. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Suzel, that is so adorable that your children like American food! How sweet! Lol..some of our "habits" are not so good though…like "drive-thru" you in France have a lot of those too?

    Yes, cranberries would work perfectly here…and you can substitute pecans with any nut or sort with a walnuts, sunflower seeds, even croutons. The mix of textures is what makes it!
    Much love to you my sweet Friend!!! Love, Janelle

  5. Dear when I mean my children loves american food it means your american recipe!!!!!
    A typical family food!!!!
    Next time I make your meatloaf (with the ketchup topping) I will make a picture of my family and send you the picture so you can see their happy faces!!!!
    Lot of blessings from France

  6. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Suzel … qui rendrait ma journée pour avoir une photo de vous et votre famille! Je ne peux pas vous dire combien cela me surprend que d'aussi loin que nous sommes les uns des autres, parce que du Christ nous sont si proches! Quelle bénédiction est pour vous servir:)

  7. Hi! I just discovered your blog and it is already a favorite! I am sure I'll be back to steal your recipes!!! I'm putting you on my blog list as well! My husband and I have been in ministry for 20 years, and I feed a lot of people. I live on a college campus and feed a lot of students! I'm excited to try some of your recipes!

    Come by for a chat sometime!!!

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Gina, thanks for stopping by…WOW, I am almost a little jealous at your ministry..haha…what an amazing thing to live on a college campus! Such a crucial time in a person's life, the late teens/early 20's God bless you Gina and your husband for sharing God's word!!! Please post your site! So glad you touched me with your story today! Love, Janelle

  9. Janelle I'm so touched by your french words!!!!
    Be sure I will make some picture soon to send you.
    Try the salad with canberries and almond!!!!!!!!!!! It was very very yummy.

  10. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    YEA!!!! 🙂

  11. Thanks for your sweet words! I appreciate it! Yes. We do love what God has called us to do…I LOVE college kids! It was my hardest season of life…so I feel like God prepared me in many ways to love on them!

    Love your site. But honestly, I think I gain 5 lbs every time I come over here!!!

  12. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    LOL! Gina, I am going to have a "Comfy in the Kitchen and in My Jeans" coming in January!

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