Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

A crunchy, tangy apple cranberry walnut salad made with fresh ingredients and topped with a homemade apple cider vinaigrette!

Yesterday, I sent out our monthly newsletter and mentioned we would be sharing some fresh, crunchy dishes. Well, guess what we have for you today? A fresh and crunchy apple cranberry walnut salad. It’s dressed with something else we shared yesterday; our homemade apple cider salad dressing.

Now, you can use a store-bought variety if you wish. Just keep in mind, our vinaigrette was created for this salad. This recipe is simple to prepare and the hardest part is prepping the ingredients. Once that’s out of the way, it’s just toss, dress, and serve.

An up-close view of the finished fresh salad.

How to make an apple cranberry walnut salad?

First, start by making the apple cider vinaigrette. Next, prep the remaining ingredients. Get everything ready for the mixing bowl.

Lettuce, onion, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Wash and dry the lettuce(s), core and chop the apples, slice the purple onion, etc.

Then, place the lettuces, apples, onions, feta cheese, walnuts, and cranberries into a large mixing bowl.

The salad has been tossed and is ready to serve.

Afterward, toss the ingredients to mix the salad. Last, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and serve.

That’s it, your apple cranberry walnut salad is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The salad being dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette.

Recipe Tips:

  • If you’re not serving the salad right away, I don’t recommend dressing it. The vinaigrette will break down the lettuce and other ingredients over time. So, it’s best to dress the salad just before serving.
  • To keep the apples from turning brown, toss the slices (or chunks) in fresh lemon juice before adding them to the mixing bowl.
  • Don’t have the ingredients to make the apple cider vinegar dressing, then use a balsamic vinaigrette instead. It has a similar flavor and will work on this dish.
An aerial view of the salad in a decorative bowl.

Need a Thanksgiving recipe idea? Try our apple cranberry walnut stuffing.

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The salad being dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7 Servings


  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, shredded or torn
  • 5 cups bibb lettuce, shredded or torn
  • 3 apples, medium in size, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces (any variety)
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup cranberries, dried
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar dressing


  • Place the lettuce, apples, onion, cheese, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl. Toss to combine. 
    5 cups romaine lettuce
    5 cups bibb lettuce
    3 apples
    ½ cup red onion
    ½ cup feta cheese
    ½ cup walnuts
    ½ cup cranberries
  • Drizzle the entire salad with dressing if serving to a group or dressing each serving individually.
    ¾ cup apple cider vinegar dressing
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 cups of the apple cranberry walnut salad with 2 tablespoons. of the vinaigrette. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information or tips, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 318mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 4196IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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