Simple Apple Cranberry Salad — All the flavors of Fall in one gorgeous, hearty, and healthy salad!! The easy, tart-and-sweet dressing is just bursting with flavor!!
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Apple Cranberry Salad Recipe
Say hello to the flavors of fall in this fast, easy, and healthy dried cranberry salad that’s loaded with textures galore. There are sweet honey crisp apples, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and crunchy candied pecans made with Fisher Pecan Halves.
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The apple cider vinegar salad dressing comes together in 30 seconds in the blender. It’s a tart-and-sweet blend of dried cranberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil. So easy but packs so much flavor. It’s thick and coats the salad beautifully.
The salad is great for lunch, as a healthy and fast dinner, and would make a gorgeous side at holiday celebrations and parties.
Apple Cranberry Salad Ingredients
To make this apple salad with dried cranberries, you’ll need:
- Butter lettuce
- Honey crisp apple
- Orange-flavored dried cranberries
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Candied Fisher pecans (tutorial linked in recipe card below)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- 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 an Apple Cranberry Salad
This cranberry apple salad comes together quickly and can be served as a side salad, or you can add your choice of protein to turn it into an entree.
Here’s an overview of how the salad is made:
- Assemble the salad: To a large bowl, add the lettuce, and top with apples, cranberries, pecans, and cheese. Set aside.
- Make the cranberry salad dressing: To the canister of a blender, add all the apple cider vinegar salad dressing ingredients and blend on high power for about 30 seconds, or until combined.
- Taste dressing and make any necessary flavor adjustments before drizzling over the apple pecan salad.
Yes! You can blend up the dressing in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.
You’re welcome to mix and match the toppings on this cranberry apple salad as you see fit. Play around with different kinds of candied nuts, apples, dried fruits, etc.
Tips for Making a Cranberry Apple Salad
When making the apple cider vinegar salad dressing, note that the cranberries won’t break down completely. Having some texture retained is okay.
Also, the exact amount of honey needed will vary based on how sweet or tart the cranberries are and on personal preference. I prefer less oil rather than more, but add to taste.
If you can’t find orange-flavored dried cranberries at your local grocery store, regular may be substituted. I found the orange-flavored ones at Trader Joe’s!
What to Serve with an Apple Cranberry Salad
This side salad with dried cranberries and apple would pair nicely 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
It would also make an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
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- 4 cups butter lettuce (romaine or your favorite blend of greens may be substituted)
- 1 cup honeycrisp apples, diced (from about 1 medium apple; Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, etc. may be substituted)
- 3/4 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (regular dried cranberries may be substituted)
- 3/4 cup candied Fisher pecans (use this recipe
- 3/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (gorgonzola or feta cheese may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (regular dried cranberries may be substituted)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 to 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- To a large bowl, add the lettuce, and top with apples, cranberries, pecans, and cheese. Set aside.
- To the canister of a blender, add all ingredients, and blend on high power for about 30 seconds, or until combined. The cranberries won’t break down completely and having some texture retained is okay. The amount of honey needed will vary based on how sweet or tart the cranberries are and on personal preference. I prefer less oil rather than more, but add to taste.
- Taste dressing and make any necessary flavor adjustments (more salt, pepper, etc.).
- Drizzle over salad and serve immediately.
- All salad topping amounts are flexible, add more or less of each topping based on personal preferences.
- Extra dressing will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 561mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 9g
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Kale Caesar Salad with Fried Chickpeas — This isn’t a traditional Caesar salad and that’s what I love about it. I used kale rather than romaine and fried chickpeas instead of croutons.
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