Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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This Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad features crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts to create the perfect Autumn-inspired salad. It is an easy and delicious side dish for any of your favorite meals!

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad


6 cups salad – (I used a combination of arugula and baby spinach, any spring green mix will do)
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup walnuts – roughly chopped, (such as Diamond of California)
4-6 bacon strips – cooked and chopped (optional)
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
⅓ cup dried cranberries


1 cup apple juice
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – (or white vinegar in a pinch)
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup oil

Candied Walnuts (optional)

1 cup walnut halves
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, bacon (if using) and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients or combine in a jar and shake vigorously. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!

Candied Walnuts

  • Line a baking sheet with greased parchment or a nonstick baking mat. In a medium nonstick pan over medium heat, melt butter and sugar.
  • Once butter is melted, stir in the walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Continue to stir til walnuts are well coated. Remove from heat and immediately spread walnuts out in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes.


Salad dressing: Poppy seed or balsamic dressing also work really well with this salad.

Walnuts: candying the walnuts is completely optional! Feel free to add them in raw, toasted, or even swap them out for another nut like pecans.

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