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A delicious and fresh salad incorporating the tastes of Fall. Made with Honeycrisp Apples and a sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

I am so in love with this salad. I’ve been in love with Honeycrisp Apples for awhile now, but adding them to this salad, has taken my love to the next level!

A salad with apples, cranberries, bacon, pecans, and feta cheese.

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Honeycrisp Autumn Harvest Salad is filled with delicious crisp lettuce, topped with a few ingredients, and tossed together with a sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

It’s everything I love about Autumn, wrapped up in a delicious salad. I’m hooked.

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad in a white bowl with a wood background and a kitchen towel

Honeycrisp Apples can cost almost as much as a pot of gold, if you buy them out of season. But, if you wait until just the right time, they will usually go on sale for a reasonable price. 

Even on sale, they are still pretty expensive, but boy are they sweet and juicy!

Two Honeycrisp apples.

Honeycrisp is actually a cultivated variety of apple that originated in Minnesota. I am sure glad that those geniuses in Minnesota created this delicious apple variety.

I love to use apples in recipes this time of year, and I was excited to experiment with adding them to a salad. That way you could still enjoy the tastes of fall, but without all of the guilt.

A hand holding a Honeycrisp apple to make Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

The dressing with this Honeycrisp Harvest Salad is amazing too. It’s just the right combination of tangy and sweet, but it takes the taste of this salad over the top!

 

A jar of salad dressing surrounded by apples and a kitchen towel to make Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

To make the dressing, simply add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Mix until combined.

 

Honeycrisp apple salad with a white towel and an apple.

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad Ingredients:

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • Canola or Vegetable Oil-
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

Ingredients for Honeycrisp Apple Harvest Salad.

Salad

  • Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • Honeycrisp Apple
  • Bacon Pieces
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Pecan Halves

 

How to Make Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

Begin by chopping and rinsing the lettuce. In this recipe, I used Romaine lettuce because of it’s crunchiness.

A bowl of chopped romaine lettuce.

When I make a salad, I like to chop my lettuce small, almost like a chopped salad. I don’t like eating a salad with giant pieces of lettuce.

A bowl of apple salad.

Let’s face it, there is no way to look civilized while stuffing a giant lettuce leaf in your mouth! I also don’t like to have to cut up my salad while I’m eating it. I’m lazy that way. But, that is just a personal preference.

A bowl with a cut up Honeycrisp apple.

When adding the apples, you can peel them or not. I usually don’t because it gives that much more beautiful color to the salad.

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad in a white bowl

I’ve also heard that most of the fruit’s nutrients are in the peel? Is that right? I don’t know, but it gives me another reason to take one less step in preparing this salad.

A package of dried cranberries.

The other ingredients are pretty self explanatory. With the bacon, you can totally make your own and chop it up, or you can just buy a bag of precooked bacon pieces from the salad dressing aisle at the grocery store. That is what I like to do when I’m short on time.

A bowl of bacon pieces.

To assemble the salad, put the lettuce into a large bowl with a lid. Pour about two tablespoons of dressing per serving, place the lid on, and shake to toss.

Apple cider vinaigrette drizzled over lettuce.

Divide the lettuce into individual bowls or plates. Place the remaining ingredients on the salad and drizzle a little more dressing on the top. Easy as pie.

A bowl filled with Honeycrisp Harvest Salad.

I hope you enjoy this Honeycrisp Harvest Salad as much as I do! Make sure you pin the recipe so you’ll have it when you need it. 

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Here are some great Fall desserts to go with this salad: 

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Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

Yield: 4 Salads
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A delicious and fresh salad incorporating the tastes of Fall. Made with Honeycrisp Apples and a sweet and tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tablespoons Oil, Canola or Vegetable
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Honeycrisp Harvest Salad

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 Large Honeycrisp Apple
  • Bacon Pieces
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Bleu Cheese, crumbles
  • Pecan Halves

Instructions

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  1. Whisk or blend all ingredients together.
  2. Chill until ready to use.

Honeycrisp Apple Salad

  1. Chop the lettuce, then rinse and dry.
  2. Peel the apple and cut into bite-size pieces.
  3. Place the chopped lettuce in a large bowl with a lid. Pour half of the dressing over the lettuce. Place the lid on the bowl, and shake to toss. Divide the lettuce between four individual bowls.
  4. Top the lettuce with the chopped apple, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, crumbled bacon, and pecans. Drizzles the remaining dressing over the salad. Serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g

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Tami

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Can you make the vinaigrette dressing a few days before using it?

Mindy

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Yes :)

Nanci

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

You might consider organic apples as they have a high amount of pesticides especially in the peel. This would also be good with soft butter lettuce. Very similar to one I make. Looks pretty and sounds good!

Mindy

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Thanks for the tip!

Julie

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Try Maple Syrup instead of sugar.

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Vanessa

Monday 14th of October 2019

Thanks for sharing! Does the dressing keep long?

Mindy

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Most likely a day or two.

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