This delicious Apple Salad with a Honey Vinaigrette is the perfect healthy fall treat. Sweet and full of texture, this salad is nourishing to it’s core.
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Why This Simple Apple Salad with Honey Vinaigrette is SO Good
I don’t know about you, but seasonal transitions always motivate me. I clean, I organize, and I want to eat healthier! Thankfully, when you eat seasonally it’s pretty easy to eat on the healthier side, and fall provides plenty of delicious options! However, one of fall’s universally agreed-upon best options is what we’re featuring in our salad today – apples!
They’re nature’s candy and they’re so incredibly versatile! You can incorporate them into your diet in a variety of ways, but you can start by making this simple apple salad with a sweet and tangy honey vinaigrette.
Not only is this salad great on the tastebuds, but the health benefits can’t be denied! Apples have been known to improve eyesight and build stronger bones, among many other things, and honey has its benefits too! Surprisingly, it can help prevent infections, and treat colds and coughs. Then if you top your salad with pecans, you’re enriching your body with Vitamin E and supporting your brain health.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see a downside here. This salad is bursting with flavor, texture, and healthy choices – so let’s go shopping!
What are the Key Ingredients to Make This Simple Apple Salad Recipe?
Romaine fills you with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A, and it’s my number-one choice for this salad due to its crisp nature. If you need a substitute, you can use butter lettuce, kale, or arugula.
I suggest using gala apples which supply you with prebiotics and support your heart. If you can’t find gala, you can go for a honey crisp or golden delicious.
This creamy cheese contains calcium, which supports bone health. Feta is a good substitute, but keep in mind that it’s not as creamy and it has more of a salty flavor. I’ll alter the salad’s intended flavor, but it’ll still be good!
Along with those ingredients, you will need candied pecans, red wine vinegar, honey, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
How to Make This Tasty Apple Salad
Step 1: Prepare Lettuce
Wash and chop your romaine lettuce into shredded pieces.
Step 2: Chop Apple
Chop your apple into small bite-sized pieces, leaving the skin on, and add them to the lettuce.
Step 3: Add Toppings
Chop your candied pecans (I got mine at Trader Joe’s!), and add the pecans and grated/crumbled goat cheese on top of the apples.
Step 4: Make Honey Vinaigrette
Whisk together your red wine vinegar, honey, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper until the mixture is combined. Drizzle it on top of your salad and enjoy!
When enjoying apples in salads, you’ll want a very crunchy apple! Something like Gala, Honeycrisp, or Fuji would work. Then you can complement the individual flavor of your apple choice with additional toppings and dressing.
Romaine is definitely more nutritious than iceberg. While romaine still has a high water content, it contains significantly more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than iceberg lettuce.
Every vinaigrette is made of two basic ingredients: Olive oil and vinegar. That in itself is delicious, but the fun is when you make additions that suit your flavor preferences! In this recipe, we use red wine vinegar because it’s a tad sweeter, and add a bit of honey for the ultimate creamy and sweet dressing!
Additional Apple Recipes
- Try this Apple, Spinach, and Avocado Salad with Sweet Lemon Vinaigrette for a citrus twist on your salad!
- Celery and Apple Salad with Almonds and Dates is crunch and filling!
- A classic Apple and Banana Smoothie with Cinnamon is nutritious and tasty.
- This Apple Sharlotka Recipe is the Russian version of an apple pound cake!
- Apple Jam – enough said!
Other Tasty Apple Recipes To Try
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Simple Apple Salad with a Honey Vinaigrette and Cheese
- 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 gala apple, chopped
- 1 Tbsp goat cheese, grated
- ¼ cup candied pecans
- ½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Chop up the romaine lettuce into shredded pieces.1 head romaine lettuce,
- Chop the gala apple into small bite-size pieces.1 gala apple,
- Chop candied pecans (I got my at Trader Joe's). Add pecans and grated goat cheese to apples.¼ cup candied pecans, 1 Tbsp goat cheese,
- Honey Vinaigrette: Whisk together red wine vinegar, honey, extra-virgin olive oil, and the salt + pepper.½ Tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, salt,, black pepper,