Autumn Apple Salad with a Maple Vinaigrette
This easy to make Autumn Apple Salad is loaded up with crispy bacon, crunchy pecan halves, crumbled feta, and sweet dried cranberries. All drizzled with a homemade Maple Dijon Vinaigrette. This salad comes together in less than 15 minutes and is a perfect side dish or light lunch.
- 2 cups baby spinach raw
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup pecans halved
- 2 tbsp feta cheese
- ½ granny smith apple sliced
- ½ fuji apple sliced
- 2 slices bacon cooked and chopped
Maple Dijon Vinaigrette
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1½ tsp dijon mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
Make Dressing: Add all the ingredients for the maple dijon vinaigrette to a small mason jar. Shake to mix.
Layer Salad: Add the spinach to a medium size bowl or plate.
Top with dried cranberries, halved pecans, feta cheese, sliced apples, and cooked bacon.
Dress and Toss: Drizzle the salad dressing over the top of the salad, toss and serve.
- Apples: using two kinds of apples (Granny Smith and Fuji) gives more color to the salad it also gives a nice balanced sweet and tart flavoring.
- Maple Syrup: use a Grade A maple syrup in this recipe.
- Pecans: use halved pecans. Can be substituted with walnuts or left out if needed.
- Make Ahead Instructions: If you need to slice and prepare the apples hours before serving use a water bath made of 1 cup of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. After you slice the apples soak them in the lemon water for 3-5 minutes then remove and rinse them.
- Storage: when preparing the salad ahead of time store the dressing separate from the salad to prevent the spinach from getting soggy. Dress the salad just before serving.
Serving: 1 | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2952IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 2mg