Apple Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
This Apple Salad is bursting with apples, cranberries, candied walnuts, bacon, and feta all drizzled with sweet and tangy Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  Its a refreshing balance of sweet and savory and gorgeous for special occasions but easy enough for everyday.  And you are going to want to this Apple Walnut Salad every day.  Its the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast because not only is it scrumptious and deceptively sophisticated, but it can all be prepared beforehand with the exception of slicing the apples for a NO STRESS side that everyone will rave about!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 10minutes
Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette belongs on your table this Thanksgiving and all Autumn long! The perfect STRESS FREE make ahead side!
Apple Cranberry Bacon Salad
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 2 Fuji or honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1cup dried cranberries
  • 6slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 3/4cup Recipe Caramelized Walnuts
Apple Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 3-4tablespoons apple cider vinegar(depending on how “tangy” you want it)
  • 1/4cup honey
  • 2tablespoons sugarmore or less to taste
  • 1tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon dry minced onion
  • 3/4cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk to combine or shake in a mason jar. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad ingredients then whisk/shake again before drizzling over salad. The dressing can be made up to a week in advance.
  2. When ready to serve, toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. You can either drizzle with desired amount of dressing and toss to combine or if you expect leftovers, drizzle individual salad servings with dressing.
Recipe Notes

All ingredients are a guideline. Add more or less of your favorite salad fixings!
*The caramelized nuts recipe makes 1 cup nuts. I suggest making 1 cup caramelized walnuts and using the desired amount in the salad and eating/storing the rest 🙂