Apple Salad Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Nov 09, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 20, 2019 | By:

This is a fresh, crunchy Apple Salad that is full of flavor! It’s a sweet and savory Apple Salad Recipe with butter lettuce and wholesome ingredients.

Apple Salad Recipe

Years ago when living in Kansas City, I lived off this Apple Salad. It was light and refreshing yet seasonless. Winter, spring, summer, fall, I craved this salad… crisp butter lettuce with red onion, green onion, apple and creamy blue cheese tossed in an amazing Sherry Vinaigrette.

It’s one of my go-to salads to make when entertaining because it requires little prep work and is always a crowd pleaser!

I like to give a lot of detail in my recipe posts to guide readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “jump to recipe” right under the title of this post and you’ll head straight there!

A Fresh Green Apple Salad

Are you a salad lover? I am a little embarrassed to admit that while I do really enjoy salads now, it took me years to come around.

Maybe I just never tried the right combination as a kid? Even if you think you don’t love salad, this fresh Apple Salad Recipe might change your mind!

If you’re a salad lover too, don’t miss my lemon arugula salad, Handheld Endive Salad and this incredible roasted beet salad – so gorgeous to serve to guests!

Apple Salad in a bowl

Thankfully, over the years my tastes have become a touch more refined. I genuinely enjoy the fresh and flavorful varieties of ingredients that are available, and I love experimenting with new combinations!

This leafy green Apple Salad Recipe features fresh produce and ingredients like butter lettuce, crisp apples, red and green onions, and maytag blue cheese. Yum.

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!

I am loyal to this brand simply because I know I like the flavor – not all blue cheeses are created the same! Maytag blue has a light, lemony flavor that works beautifully on salads.

While blue cheese may not be for everyone, I love the sharp flavor and fragrance! Of course, if you know you’re not a fan of this fragrant, crumbly cheese – feel free to substitute with whatever you’d prefer! Try a cheddar or even a swiss.

Whatever you use, remember, fresh is always best. Especially in a salad where all ingredients are raw! You’ll get the best flavor and texture using fresh cheese rather than pre-shredded or crumbled.

Close-up of salad

Apple Salad Recipe

This is not your grandma’s famous waldorf salad! In fact, it’s not a traditional fruit salad at all. This is a leafy green salad with a fresh, zesty twist.

When I paired this butter lettuce apple salad with my fresh Sherry Vinaigrette, the combination was mind-boggling! It’s a savory, well-rounded salad that is the perfect balance of sweet apples, flavorful sherry vinegar and fragrant blue cheese.

To make this green apple salad, you’ll need the following:

  • Butter lettuce
  • Sliced apples
  • Maytag blue cheese
  • Sliced red onions
  • Sherry vinaigrette
  • Sliced green onions (sprinkled on top)
Sherry Vinaigrette pouring onto salad

What Are The Best Apples To Use In Salads?

For this salad, I prefer a truly sweet, crunchy apple. Fuji, Gala, or Pink Lady apples will all work well. You could certainly try a more tart apple (like a Granny Smith or Golden Delicious) but my preference for this particular salad is the sweeter the better! The sweeter the apple, the more balanced the salad will feel! You need that sweet crunch to balance the deep flavor of the blue cheese and sherry vinegar.

I also chose to slice the apples thin! I love to mix things up just for presentation purposes. This salad benefits from all the flavors combining in every forkful, so it’s better to keep your slices small and thin so you can experience the apple in each bite!

Salad in a serving bowl

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This salad works beautifully for lunch or as a dinner accompaniment. In fact, it’s easy to add a simple protein on top, or on the side for a filling, healthy meal!

A few suggestions? Try any of my easy baked chicken recipes!

Salad with wooden serving utensils

What are your favorite kinds of salads? As you can see, I always enjoy adding fruit and berries in my salads. It’s such a fresh, flavorful combination that will make your tastebuds sing!

If you enjoy this Apple Salad Recipe, please come back and leave a five star rating! I’d be thrilled if you could share on Pinterest, as well.

Apple Salad Recipe

Apple Salad

Author: Julie Blanner
This is a fresh, crunchy Apple Salad that is full of flavor! It's a sweet and savory Apple Salad Recipe with butter lettuce and wholesome ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 105 kcal


  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 cup red onion sliced
  • .5 cup Maytag Blue Cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Green Onions diced
  • 1 Fuji Apple sliced
  • 2 tbsp Sherry Vinaigrette


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

  • Toss with dressing.


Use your favorite apples – pink lady, gala and fuji all pair well


Calories:105kcalCarbohydrates:12gProtein:5gFat:5gSaturated Fat:3gCholesterol:13mgSodium:240mgPotassium:247mgFiber:2gSugar:7gVitamin A:1535IUVitamin C:7.1mgCalcium:115mgIron:0.7mg
5 from 1 vote
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