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.

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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.

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Why You’ll Love It

  • So Easy – Slice, combine, toss and enjoy!
  • Sweet and Salty – Creamy blue cheese adds robust flavor and pairs well with the slightly sweet vinaigrette.
  • Light – Light, refreshing and full of flavor.
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Ingredients and Substitutions

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  • 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.
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How to Make Apple Salad

  1. Make the Vinaigrette – In a shaker or jar, combine dressing ingredients. (Skip this step if you’re using a bottled dressing.) A glass bottle with a gold stopper on a marble countertop, filled with sherry vinaigrette.
  2. Prep – Chop lettuce, apples, onions and crumble the cheese. A bottle of dressing being poured over a salad in a white bowl.
  3. Toss – In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce, onion, apples, green onions, blue cheese and toss with vinaigrette just before serving. A white bowl full of homemade apple salad. A white bowl full of homemade apple salad.A bottle of dressing being poured over a salad in a white bowl.

Tips

  • 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).
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples for salads?

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.

What is Maytag blue cheese?

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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Serving Suggestions

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.
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Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

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Apple Salad

Serve Apple Salad as a side or for lunch! It's filled with creamy blue cheese, walnuts, crunchy apples, red onion, green onion and butter lettuce, and tossed with a slightly sweet sherry vinaigrette for irresistible flavor!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients  

  • 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

Optional

  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped

Sherry Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce, red onion, green onion, apples, blue cheese and optional walnuts.

Vinaigrette

  • In a shaker or sealable jar, add olive oil and sherry vinegar. Shake to combine.
  • Just before serving, shake vinaigrette and toss with salad.

Julie’s Tips

Tips

  • 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).
Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1535IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    I started looking at a salad recipe and then went to the 20? Salad recipes that led to more recipes. All of them are fantastic. Thanks for ALL the great recipes.