December 18, 2012

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

A phenomenal salad, especially in autumn and winter. It combines apples, dried cranberries, homemade maple-vanilla candied walnuts (or pecans if you prefer), and red onion on a bed of mixed baby greens. You can make your own dressing, but we really love Trader Joe's Champagne Pear Vinaigrette with this particular salad. It's such a perfect compliment and even has a little gorgonzola to add another dimension. We've had this many times the past few years - even my husband gobbles it up and wants more. So I finally got around to getting some (not so great) pictures and posting it. You may notice it looks a bit unfinished since it's lacking the dressing on top. I apologize, but once the dressing was drizzled... it was GAME ON 😉

Mixed baby greens
Dried cranberries
Red onion
Dressing of choice (we love Trader Joe's Champagne Pear Vinaigrette)

Dice apple, and thinly slice red onion.
Lay out the mixed greens on a plate, and top with remaining ingredients.


  1. Boy, this salad is right up my alley! I love the colors, textures, and flavor combination! I'm in charge of bringing a salad to Christmas dinner, and I think I will be making this one! :)

    1. Oh awesome! This would be fantastic for Christmas dinner - especially with the green and red in there. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas Lindsey!! :)

    2. Thanks Kaitlin! To you and yours as well!

    3. I just wanted to come back and say that the salad was a huge success! What a delicious dish! I must say, I had to seriously control myself in order to not eat ALL the candied walnuts before yummy! Thanks for another great recipe!

    4. Ah!! So happy you tried it and everyone liked it. We just made it again last night as well. Though we barely had enough nuts to use when it came time for dinner because I left them out on the counter where hungry little fingers kept snatching them ;) So addicting, aren't they? haha. Hope you had a fantastic holiday with your fam!

  2. this is my favorite kind of salad. mmmm!