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Mixed Green Salad with Apple and Goat Cheese

This delicious green salad with apple and goat cheese is filled with flavor from apples, raisins, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts. It’s easy to make in under 30 minutes for an easy weeknight side dish your whole family will love.

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Why I love this salad with apple and goat cheese

IMHO this is the best goat cheese salad ever! This Apple and Goat cheese salad is a great option if you are craving a little crunch. It’s also the perfect way to add a little honey to an amazing salad. The combination of goat cheese, raisins and apple is a match made in heaven. The apple goat cheese salad is then topped with some toasted walnuts and then drizzled with a tangy balsamic dressing.

This green salad recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, and soy free. You can easily make it dairy free by just leaving out the goat cheese – it will still be super tasty. This recipe serves 6-8 and is the perfect salad for lunch, or add a protein for a perfect dinner salad.

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RELATED: Apple and Wild Rice Salad – Apples, pecans, wild rice, celery, onion and peas are combined and covered with a delicious dressing for a tasty autumn salad your whole family will love.

Ingredients you’ll need for this apple walnut goat cheese salad

The crisp, juicy crunch of apples along with toasted walnuts add great texture and substance to this tasty salad.

For the apple and goat cheese salad

  • Mixed salad greens
  • Gala apples
  • Granny smith apple
  • Golden raisins
  • Toasted, chopped walnuts
  • Crumbled goat cheese

To make the balsamic vinaigrette dressing you’ll need

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt and black pepper

For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.

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How to make an apple and goat cheese salad

Step 1: In a large bowl, toss together the salad greens, apples, raisins, and walnuts.

Step 2: In a small bowl or jar, mix the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk or shake to combine.

Step 3: Prior to serving, pour the dressing over the salad. Toss to coat. Sprinkle it with the goat cheese and serve.

Make this Apple and Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, then check out my Summer Berry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, Pomegranate and Apple Green Salad, and Classic Waldorf Salad and more of my healthy salad dressing recipes.  

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TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read on for tips and how to avoid making this salad a disaster.

Tips for keeping the apple pieces from browning

To prevent the apple pieces from turning brown:

  1. create a water bath for your apple slices with a ratio of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of water.
  2. Soak the apple slices for 3 to 5 minutes, then drain and rinse them.

These two simple steps should keep your apples from browning for several hours.

Substitution ideas

  • Make it a grain salad by adding cooked quinoa, farro, or wild rice.
  • Make it nut free: swap the walnuts for pumpkin seeds.
  • Make it dairy free: eliminate the goat cheese, and add diced avocado or dairy free cheese.
  • Make it vegan: Make the dairy swap recommendation and switch out maple syrup for the honey in the vinaigrette.
  • Swap apples for pears for a similar flavored salad.

How to store apple and goat cheese salad

This is one of those salads that is best served fresh. Unfortunately the apples in this autumn salad don’t keep for very long, and this salad will go soggy if stored with the dressing on it. If you are preparing this salad in advance, keep the dressing separate until you’re ready to serve.

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If you’re looking for an easy winter salad then look no further because I’ve got a DELICIOUS recipe for you!

Apple and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Apple and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes

This delicious green salad with apple and goat cheese is filled with flavor from apples, raisins, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts. It’s easy to make in under 30 minutes for an easy weeknight side dish your whole family will love.

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 6 cups (about 5 ounces) mixed salad greens
  • 2 gala apples, seeded and diced
  • 1 granny smith apple, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the salad greens, apples, raisins, and walnuts.
  2. In a small bowl or jar, mix the ingredients for the dressing. Whisk or shake to combine.
  3. Prior to serving, pour the dressing over the salad. Toss to coat. Sprinkle it with the goat cheese and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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