Apple Harvest Salad

Light, healthy and packed full of fiber and protein, this apple harvest salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. Fall has never tasted so fresh!

A crisp, juicy apple makes all the difference in a salad like this! That sweet bite combined with leafy greens is so refreshing. If you feel the same way, you’ll enjoy my Chicken Apple Walnut Salad or Cranberry Apple Pecan Kale Salad as well!

Apple Harvest Salad in a white bowl

A Fall Inspired Salad

While we were strolling though the produce section, these gorgeous Utah akane apples caught my eye. They’re one of our favorite fall fruits along with local peaches and pears. I grabbed a bunch to snack on, bake with, and use in this apple harvest salad.

After grabbing the apples, I headed to the salad bar and picked up a few other things to make this fall inspired salad. When I got home I gathered every thing up, put it on a plate and then tossed a handful of the Georgia pecans my mother-in-law brought us on top.

It was perfect! I loved the crunch of the pecans and pepitas and the sweet and tart combo of the apples and dried cranberries. For added protein and fiber, I added some quinoa which helped make it feel a little more filling.

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Homemade Vinaigrette

Since I’m a sucker for a vinaigrette, I whipped up a homemade dressing using a few simple ingredients: high quality balsamic vinegar & extra-virgin olive oil, minced shallot and salt and pepper. It pairs perfectly with the flavors of the salad and is a lot healthier then most store-bought dressings.

Storing dressing? It’s best to store a homemade dressing in a jar or another container with a tight fitting lid. This is important because vinaigrettes typically separate and a container with a tight lid like a mason jar allows for you to easily shake the ingredients back together.

Tips for the Perfect Salad

What apples are best? For a salad, you want to use a crisp apple that doesn’t brown quickly. I used akane apples, but you could also use honey crisp, fuji, pink lady, or jazz.

This salad is great on its own for a light lunch! But if you’re planning on eating this for dinner, I’d highly suggest adding slices of chicken breast seasoned with herbes de provence! It’ll taste amazing. You could also pair it with a soup or a side of bread. Here are some of our favorites:

Fall Harvest Salad in a white bowl

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Apple Harvest Salad

Apple Harvest Salad Recipe

Light, healthy and packed full of fiber and protein, this apple harvest salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. Fall has never tasted so fresh!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 salad
Calories: 1113kcal
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Ingredients

  • 3 cup spinach - OR spring mix, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup quinoa - cooked
  • 1 small apple - cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp pepitas - pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp pecans - halves or chopped
For the Vinaigrette
  • 1 tsp shallot - minced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper

Instructions

  • Add greens to a large dinner plate or salad bowl. Top with the cooked (and cooled) quinoa, apple chunks, pepitas, dried cranberries and pecans.
  • To make the vinaigrette, combine the shallot and vinegar in a small mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil by pouring in a steady stream, whisking vigorously until emulsified. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Notes

  • If you plan on making this salad for dinner, try adding slices of chicken seasoned with herbes de provence or if you're vegetarian try adding cubes of roasted butternut squash!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 1113kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 1222mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 8520IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 8mg

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Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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Comments:

  1. Made this salad today for a lunch with friends and OMG it was SO DELICIOUS!! Everybody asked for the recipe. I omitted the quinoa since I was in a hurry but added some feta cheese on top too. Thanks!

  2. Just like i was Alice in wonderland. This dish is a forest. A splendid forest. Spinach, quinoa and apple are wonderful mixture. Really really love it!

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my absolute favorite salads! I love the crunchy apple and pecans! I don’t usually add quinoa in mine when I have made it in the past, but it really takes this salad to a whole new level/