Spinach Apple Salad with Cheddar & Cranberries — The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy spinach salad! There are so many wonderful textures and flavors in every bite you can’t help but like it!
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Easy Spinach Apple Salad Recipe
There are so many wonderful textures and flavors in every bite of this spinach apple salad, you can’t help but like it. It’s filling, satisfying, and healthy.
Hearty spinach, crisp juicy apples, salty cheese, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, and Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds for extra crunch.
I made a simple shake-it-together vinaigrette that’s tangy-yet-sweet from the apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard. It coats each and every bite perfectly. Dressings can make or break salads and this one is a keeper.
Honestly though, this is the food I crave day in, day out. I loved this healthy spinach salad and so did my family.
If this salad looks like a good to you, also check out its cousin, which is made with chicken. Namely, this Apple, White Cheddar, & Grilled Chicken Salad.
Spinach Apple Salad Ingredients
To make this spinach and apple side salad, you’ll need:
- Grated white cheddar cheese
- Orange-flavored cranberries
- Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper
Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.
How to Make Spinach Apple Salad
This easy spinach side salad with apples couldn’t be quicker to prepare! Here are the basic recipe steps:
- Prep the salad ingredients and add to a large bowl.
- Add the dressing ingredients to a small container with a lid and shake vigorously to combine.
- Taste the vinaigrette and tweak as necessary to taste before pouring it over the spinach apple salad.
How Many Servings Does This Recipe Make?
This recipe serves two generously or four more modestly.
Yes! You can shake up the dressing and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. If the oil hardens somewhat in the fridge, let the dressing sit on your counter for 15 minutes before shaking it up and drizzling over your salads.
Of course! I love eating this as an apple spinach salad, but kale, lettuce, or another leafy green will also work.
You’re welcome to use any variety of apple you’d like in this spinach apple salad. Just be sure to slice it very thinly so it’s easy to eat.
I found the orange-flavored cranberries at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find them at your local grocery store, feel free to use regular dried cranberries.
If you wind up with extra spinach salad dressing, it’ll keep airtight in the fridge for a week.
Other Dressings to Pair with Spinach and Apple Salad
I love the apple cider vinaigrette in this fall spinach salad, but you can toss the salad with pretty much any dressing you like. Try one of these homemade salad dressings instead of the apple cider vinaigrette:
- Strawberry Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- Cranberry Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- Mediterranean Vinaigrette
- Homemade Chimichurri Sauce
- Balsamic Reduction and Glaze
- Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
What to Serve with Spinach Apple Salad
Pair this apple spinach salad with grilled chicken for a more filling main course salad, or serve it as a simple side salad with one of the following entrees:
- Maple Glazed Pork Chops
- Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Apple Cider Chicken
- Loaded Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Potatoes
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
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- about 6 cups fresh spinach
- 1 large apple, cored and sliced very thin (try Envy, Gala, Fuji, or similar)
- 1 cup grated aged white cheddar
- 1/2 cup dried orange-flavored cranberries (I use Trader Joe’s; plain dried cranberries may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds
Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons mustard (I like either dijon or honey mustard)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
For the Salad:
- To a large bowl or platter, add all ingredients in the order listed; set aside.
For the Vinaigrette:
- In a small glass jar or container with a lid, add all ingredients, put the lid on and shake vigorously until combined; taste vinaigrette and tweak as necessary to taste.
- Drizzle over salad, toss to combine, and serve immediately.
- If you don’t use all the vinaigrette, extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 750Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1327mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 8gSugar: 53gProtein: 18g
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Originally posted February 2, 2015 and reposted September 9, 2020 with updated text.