Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts come together in a fresh Autumn Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad.  An easy side dish for any favorite meal!

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

You see that gold bowl in the pictures here? It’s new. I flew out the door in a panic the other day when I realized I didn’t have a bowl for the salad I was about to photograph. At least, not one that would fit my vision for this salad. It’s an autumn salad and I had no idea what exactly I was looking for when I rushed into Target at 9:50 am in my fuzzy slipper boots (don’t judge. a gal’s gotta have some comfy go-to shoes) and mop-top hair. But when I saw this bowl it screamed “photograph me, I was practically made for for a fall salad!”

And I agreed. Naturally.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Yesterday though, this big gorgeous autumn salad bowl was sitting on my countertop when a whole bunch of neighborhood girls (girls=teenagers) came over to my house to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. One of them saw the bowl and said, “What’s that?” You should have seen the look on my face. I mean, obviously it’s a bowl….   Which is exactly what I told her. Except I said that it was a salad bowl. Her immediate reaction? “Ewe I hate salad. I don’t like the taste of leaves.”

She was dead serious.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Doesn’t everybody know that these “leaves” are really just a vehicle for getting loads of really delicious flavor combinations into your mouth? Because a bowl full of walnuts, apples, dried cranberries and feta cheese covered in dressing would be nothing short of wonderful, but also somewhat… odd. So we put it on top of some leaves, call it a salad, and dig it.

And as you can see, here I am doing just that…..

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

What people are saying about this Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

“Made this for a lunch at work to go with a Turkey & Cranberry Sandwich. It was delicious! Hands down the best salad of this kind I have ever tasted. The only thing I did alter was I only used half the dressing. Even had a couple people ask for the recipe, so I sent them here. 🙂 Yum I’ll be making this again before the week is out no doubt.” – Jennifer

“Yum! My mom makes a salad similar to this, so I knew I would like it. It turned out delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and used canola oil in the dressing.” – Katie

“I really liked this salad… I liked how the apply flavor complemented the salad but overall it was not a dressing I’d make again. All of your salads look so appetizing, and it’s fun to be able to choose one that will go with the main I’m making. Thanks for sharing.” – Allison

“This was such a delicious fall salad. I made it for my family, and they loved it. I think the best part was the dressing (which also tasted surprisingly very yummy over some plain chicken). I ended up throwing about 2 T of water and a peeled apple into my ninja to make the apple juice for the dressing. Soooo delicious. 🙂” – Katherine 

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
4.76 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 cups salad (I used a combination of arugula and baby spinach, any spring green mix will do)
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (such as Diamond of California)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil


  • Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!


*I also love poppyseed dressing with this salad!
**Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger group.
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5 stars
Perfect for a Dinner party! I tossed thE apple In lemon juice so i could take advantage of the (tiny bit of) leftovErs. Also, subbed in apple cider for Apple juice because we had some to use up. Yum! So Fall but so fresh.

    Sounds like you did a GREAT job!

i made this salad yesterday for a pre-thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it!

I only used one large granny smith apple because i used a 1.5MM mandolin AND THE THINNER SLICES APPEARED TO BE MORE THAN ENOUGH. I also used crumbled gorgonzola instead of feta because i prefer a stronger cheese.

will make again for thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

    Thanks for your input, Sarah! Happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe.

5 stars
This was my favorite dish at Thanksgiving this year. I set the whole thing up salad-bar style due to allergies and various food PREFERENCES. So good! Subbed cider in for the juice in the dressing, which worked well. So happy to have found this recipe. Thanks!

    So happy to hear that this salad was a Thanksgiving success for you and your family, Annie!

I have recently tried this Salad at my home and my family loved it a lot. Thank you very much !!

    So happy you enjoyed this recipe!

5 stars
Sooo fresh and delicious! Definitely making this one again.

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