Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad Recipe

apple cranberry walnut salad recipe

Try this apple cranberry walnut salad with feta cheese on your Thanksgiving table for a fresh and healthy addition to your holiday meal.

I love every bit about Thanksgiving. The family, the smells, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and most especially indulging in the carb overload! As with everything, any good Thanksgiving dinner has a good balance between those dreamy carbs and some lighter choices. This delicious Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad is the perfect balance for your Thanksgiving meal!

This salad looks beautiful and is so easy to throw together. The combination of the feta cheese and the sweet apple and sour cranberry is amazing. The walnuts add just the right amount of crunch and flavor. But that homemade apple cider vinaigrette is really what ties the whole salad together. It’s SO good.

apple cranberry walnut salad in a glass bowl

I like to use a sweet apple in this recipe like fuji or gala, but a tart granny smith apple would also be great in this salad!

As it’s written, this recipe feeds six people but it can easily be doubled or tripled to bring to a holiday family gathering.

apple cranberry walnut salad

You can mix up the greens and salad toppings ahead of time as long as you toss your apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from going brown. You can mix up the dressing ahead of time too, but wait to pour it onto the salad until you are ready to eat. 

Make this beautiful salad for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any regular day. You could even add chicken to make this salad into a lunch or light dinner!

apple cranberry walnut salad

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: None

Servings: 6

Serving size: 1 ½ cups salad 

Ingredients 

  • 8 cups of spring mix pre-washed lettuce (you could also use spinach or a mix of the two!)
  •  2 fuji or gala apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
ingredients for apple cranberry walnut salad recipe

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Set aside.

ingredients for apple cider vinaigrette apple cranberry walnut salad

2. Peel and thinly slice both the apples. If not serving immediately, toss the apples in a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.

apple slices for apple cranberry walnut salad recipe

3. In a large serving bowl, place spring mix lettuce. Top with apple slices, walnuts, feta cheese, and dried cranberries. 

apple cranberry walnut salad in a glass bowl

4. Drizzle on the desired amount of dressing, toss and serve! 

Yield: 6 servings

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

This Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad looks beautiful and is so easy to throw together. The combination of the feta cheese and the sweet apple and sour cranberry is amazing. The walnuts add just the right amount of crunch and flavor. But that homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette is really what ties the whole salad together. It’s SO good. I like to use a sweet apple in this recipe like fuji or gala, but a tart granny smith apple would also be great in this salad!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of spring mix pre-washed lettuce (you could also use spinach or a mix of the two!)
  • 2 fuji or gala apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Peel and thinly slice both the apples. (If not serving immediately, toss the apples in a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.)
  3. In a large serving bowl, place spring mix lettuce. Top with apple slices, walnuts, feta cheese, and dried cranberries. 
  4. Drizzle on the desired amount of dressing, toss and serve!

amy cookAmy Cook is a midwestern wife and mom to four boys ages 8, 6 and 3 year old fraternal twins. She has a degree in Biochemistry and worked in medical research for 8 years before becoming a SAHM when her twins were born. Now she runs her Etsy shop and graphic design blog, Loving Our Messy, offering free printables and design tools. Her other passions include baking, watching baseball and all things creative.

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