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Apple Walnut Salad with Homemade Dressing

Imagine a salad that dances on your taste buds with a mix of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors—let me introduce you to this incredible Apple Walnut Salad with Homemade Dressing.

It’s the perfect bowl to add a spark to your meal, combining the earthy goodness of spinach and arugula, the crunch of glazed pecans, and the sweetness of apples, all topped off with a homemade dressing that brings a zesty twist.

Whether you’re hosting a chill dinner party or just sprucing up your lunch game, this salad is your go-to!

FAQ: All You Need to Know About Apple Walnut Salad

Can I substitute another type of cheese? Absolutely! While goat cheese adds a creamy tang, feta or blue cheese can be fabulous alternatives.

Is there a vegan option for the bacon? Yes, swap out the bacon for a vegan alternative or some crispy chickpeas for that added crunch without the meat.

What apples are best for this salad? Gala apples are great for their sweet flavor and crisp texture, but feel free to experiment with others like Fuji or Honeycrisp.

Add your favorite protein! If you are looking to up the protein in your meal, feel free to add grilled chicken, steak, shrimp — whatever you like!

Ingredients

Spinach/Arugula Mix: These greens make up the fresh, vibrant base of the salad, providing a peppery bite with nutritional punch.

Bacon: Adds a smoky, savory depth that contrasts beautifully with the salad’s sweeter components.

Gala Apples: Bring a crisp sweetness that balances the savory notes, plus they add a gorgeous pop of color.

Goat Cheese: Creamy and slightly tangy, it melds the flavors and adds a luxurious texture.

Glazed Pecans: Introduce a sweet crunch that’s utterly addictive.

Dried Cranberries: Offer chewy tartness that elevates the overall flavor profile.

Olive Oil: It’s the smooth operator in your dressing, binding the flavors while adding silkiness.

Dijon Mustard: Gives the dressing a tangy kick that’s hard to resist.

Apple Juice: Enhances the fruity tones in the dressing, marrying well with the salad’s apple slices.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Introduces a bright acidity that lifts all the other flavors.

Honey: Its sweetness tempers the vinegar’s sharpness and complements the natural sugars of the fruits.

Salt and Pepper: Seasonings that heighten the other ingredients’ tastes and bring balance to the dressing.

Fun Places to Serve This Salad

Brunch Gatherings: Brighten up your brunch table with this salad’s vivid colors and flavors.

Picnics in the Park: Pack it up! This salad is refreshing under the open sky and easy to transport.

Office Lunch: Envy of the office? Yes, please! This salad is not only healthy but also super stylish.

Storing Leftovers

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s best eaten within a day or two as the apples may start to brown and the greens wilt. To keep it fresher longer, store the dressing separately and toss just before serving.

Making This Recipe with Kids

Kids love to play with ingredients! Let them help by:

  • Tearing the lettuce leaves.
  • Mixing the dressing.
  • Sprinkling the cheese and cranberries. It’s a fantastic way for them to learn about textures and flavors, plus it’s fun to make a dish together that they can enjoy eating.

Why This Recipe Works

This Apple Walnut Salad is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that fit beautifully into any meal. The dressing is a perfect example of how simple ingredients can create magic—fruity, tangy, and sweet, it complements the robust ingredients of the salad.

Moreover, it’s flexible; you can swap out ingredients based on dietary needs or what you have on hand. This salad is not just food; it’s a versatile, vibrant experience that brings people together, making it an absolute winner in any food lover’s book!

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Easy Apple Walnut Salad with Homemade Dressing
Yield: 4 salads

Easy Apple Walnut Salad with Homemade Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Dive into the fresh, vibrant Apple Walnut Salad, bursting with crisp apples, smoky bacon, and a tangy homemade dressing. It’s a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and crunchy elements that will brighten any meal!

Ingredients

  • Salad Ingredients:
  • 8 cups spinach/arugula mix
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 gala apples
  • ⅓ cup goat cheese
  • ½ cup glazed pecans
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ Tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add bacon to a foil lined pan and bake for 20 minutes (or until crisp).
  2. Once cooked, place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease. 
  3. Dice apples and bacon into bite size pieces.
  4. To make the dressing, add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. 
  5. Assemble the salad, drizzle dressing on top and enjoy! 

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 463Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 33mgSodium 1001mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 12gSugar 28gProtein 23g

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