Apple Salad isn’t your grandma’s Waldorf salad. It is filled with creamy blue cheese, walnuts, crunchy apples, red onion, green onion and butter lettuce, tossed with a slightly sweet sherry vinaigrette.
Apple Salad is one of my favorite to serve for lunch or an easy side! It requires very little prep and is always a crowd pleaser! When we lived in Kansas City, I lived off of Apple Salad at one of our (now defunct) local favorites, Blanc Burgers. It was light, refreshing and seasonless.
Winter, spring, summer, fall, I crave this salad… crisp butter lettuce with red onion, green onion, apple and creamy blue cheese tossed in an amazing Sherry Vinaigrette.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Butter Lettuce – Tender leaves of butter lettuce add the perfect texture and flavor. You can substitute any greens including romaine, iceberg or arugula.
- Sliced Apples – Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala and Fuji all pair well with this simple salad.
- Blue Cheese – Fresh crumble blue cheese from a wedge for the creamiest texture. If you’re not a blue cheese fan, white cheddar, Swiss or gruyere also pair well.
- Red Onion – Sliced red onion adds color and balances the sweet apple and vinaigrette.
- Green Onion – Adds mild flavor. They’re interchangeable with scallions for this easy recipe.
- Sherry Vinaigrette – This simple salad dressing adds incredible flavor, however, you can substitute with store-bought.
How to Make Apple Salad
- Make the Vinaigrette – In a shaker or jar, combine dressing ingredients. (Skip this step if you’re using a bottled dressing.)
- Prep – Chop lettuce, apples, onions and crumble the cheese.
- Toss – In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce, onion, apples, green onions, blue cheese and toss with vinaigrette just before serving.
- Slice apples thin to make it easy to eat and get apple flavor in every bite.
- Fresh is always best, especially in salad where ingredients are raw. Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor and texture. (For example, use fresh cheese rather than pre-shredded or crumbled).
Frequently Asked Questions
For salads, sweet, crunchy apples including Fuji, Gala, or Pink Lady apples pair well. Tart apples (like a Granny Smith or Golden Delicious) are also great options. The sweeter the apple, the more balanced the salad will taste.
Maytag blue cheese is a blue cheese variety that is produced on a midwestern farm. It’s called Maytag because it was started by the very same family that produced the Maytag appliances!
Maytag blue has a light, lemony flavor that pairs well with salads.
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How to Store
- Room Temperature – Serve within 2 hours.
- Refrigerate – Store homemade vinaigrette in the refrigerator up to 1 week in an airtight container. Store salad separately in an airtight container and toss immediately before serving.
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
- 1 head butter lettuce washed and cut
- 1 cup red onion sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons green onions chopped
- 1 Fuji apple sliced thin or chopped
- ½ cup Maytag blue cheese crumbled
- ¼ cup walnuts chopped
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup sherry vinegar
- In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce, red onion, green onion, apples, blue cheese and optional walnuts.
- In a shaker or sealable jar, add olive oil and sherry vinegar. Shake to combine.
- Just before serving, shake vinaigrette and toss with salad.
- Slice the apples thin to enjoy in each bite. If you do not plan to serve immediately, toss the apples in citrus (lemon, lime or orange juice) to prevent browning.
- Use fresh cheese (versus pre-crumbled).
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.