Crunchy Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad Recipe

by Ishani Bose last updated -

Irresistibly crunchy and fresh, the apple cranberry walnut salad makes for an interesting meal option for the holiday season as well as an easy choice for your busy weeknights. The salad is a perfect blend of sweet and savory and comprises a delicious mix of apples, walnuts (sometimes even candied walnuts), cranberries, and feta cheese. It also makes for a great, hassle-free side dish to your delicious Turkey roast on Thanksgiving. Have you tried this recipe at home? Well, try out our simple recipe given below, if you haven’t.

How to make Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad?

The best part about apple cranberry walnut salad is that it can be prepared well in advance, except for apple slices which can be a last-minute addition. You can dress the salad as per your preference. Sauces like apple cider vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, and dijon mustard are the usual choices for this salad. The tangy and somewhat pungent flavor of the sauces complements the sweetness of the fruits and cranberries. Additionally, the apples and walnuts give the salad a bit of a crunch. No wonder then that this salad explodes with flavor!

apple cranberry walnut salad in a wooden bowl

Crunchy Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

A sweet and tangy flavored salad with the crunchiness and goodness of apples, cranberries, and walnuts!!
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Salads
Cuisine: Mediterranean, American
Keyword: Apple cranberry walnut salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 2 apples (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup dried or fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 bag mixed greens and spinach
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or candied walnuts

To make apple cider vinaigrette


  • To make apple cranberry walnut salad, toss together apple slices, dried or fresh cranberries, mixed greens, spinach, and feta cheese in a large bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic powder, olive oil, dried basil, oregano, sugar and freshly ground black pepper to make apple vinaigrette sauce. 
  • Thereafter, drizzle the sauce all over the salad and toss it properly. Once prepared, serve immediately. Note that apples can get soggy so you cannot store this for a long time. If you wish to refrigerate it, add the apple just before eating the salad. 
    apple cranberry walnut salad in a wooden bowl

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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