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Apple Walnut Harvest Salad

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This apple walnut harvest salad is the perfect throw together light, fresh, and healthy meal.  Start with a bed of mixed greens, top with dried cranberries, apricots, blue cheese, apples, and walnuts. Include any other ingredients you like and finish with an easy vinaigrette.

fall harvest salad with mixed greens, walnuts, dried cranberries, apricots, blue cheese, and apples

We enjoy this salad year round, but it’s especially great in the fall when you can use fresh apples. And if you’re a regular visitor to this blog then you probably already know that we have a fall apple picking tradition and love using them in a variety of recipes.

Some of our fresh apple favorite recipes:

But fall is a great time of year for salads like this fall pecan and pear salad so we wanted to incorporate apples into a salad.  The inspiration for this salad was a pre-made salad we sometimes find at Wegmans. It includes dried fruit and walnuts which are a great pairing.

harvest salad

And, who doesn’t love blue cheese? If you don’t, feel free to skip it.  We really love all the flavor pairings that come together in this harvest salad.

We prefer using fresh apples, but there are plenty of other flavorful ingredients in this harvest salad so it will still taste great even if you end up using store-bought apples.

simple fall harvest salad win an easy vinaigrette

The Easy Vinaigrette Dressing

For this salad, we just made a quick and easy vinaigrette.  Nothing too strong in flavor because the other ingredients have plenty to share.  Basically, just combine equal parts olive oil and vinegar (we used white wine vinegar, but apple cider vinegar would work as well).  Whisk together with salt and pepper and it’s ready for the salad.

I sometimes make a larger batch in a small mason jar so I can shake it instead of using a whisk.  Or you can whiz it together in a small blender–I like to blend sometimes to create a thicker vinaigrette, but it isn’t necessary (especially if you don’t feel like cleaning your blender).  If you want a more flavorful dressing, try the apple cider dressing we used on our pear harvest salad.

 

 

harvest salad - perfect for fall

 

Looking for some other great salads? Here are a few you might want to check out:

 

 

harvest salad with walnuts and apricots

Apple Walnut Harvest Salad

Fall salad with apple, walnuts, dried cranberries and apricots, blue cheese and an easy vinaigrette.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple walnut harvest salad
Servings 4
Calories 261 kcal
Author mywifecancook

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 apple medium, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

For the vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

Divide mixed greens onto serving plates or bowls.

  1. Distribute apple, cranberries, apricots, walnuts, and blue cheese evenly between all the plates.

  2. Combine and whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together in a liquid measuring cup and pour evenly over the salads.  


Nutrition Facts
Apple Walnut Harvest Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 16.2%
Vitamin C 12.5%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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