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Apple Spinach Salad with Nuts and Cranberries

This Apple Spinach Salad is perfect for any autumn day and especially Thanksgiving! Serve on its own or as a starter to your Thanksgiving feast.

Apple cranberry salad featuring sliced apples on a bed of baby spinach topped with cranberries and nuts

Apples are both an iconic part of American culture and the fall. 

While only crab apples are originally native to America soon after settlers planted seeds they brought with them of hundreds of new native varieties emerged. 

Then, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, furthered the spread of apple trees from the East Coast and into the Midwest.

Today the United States is one of the largest apple producers in the world.

I always loved the idea of doing a four course Thanksgiving dinner consisting of a soup, salad, main, and dessert. 

While that hasn’t happened just yet, this apple Spinach salad is perfect for it!

Between the apples and Thanksgiving’s classic cranberries making a sweet appearance can you imagine a more perfect salad for it? 

Of course, you don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy it!

The first time I made it was at the beginning of September when the weather was just starting to become crisp and the leaves were just starting to change colors.

I used candied pecans when photographing this recipe but you can just as easily use plain walnuts. 

While I love candied pecans walnuts add another layer of color that the pecans don’t. 

They also add a different flavor to the already sweet dish. So, the choice is yours.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Apple Spinach Salad with Nuts and Cranberries

Apple cranberry salad featuring sliced apples on a bed of baby spinach topped with cranberries and nuts

This apple salad is packed with autumn flavors and is sweet but not too sweet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 2 red apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup raw walnuts or candied pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 dried cranberries, optional



  1. Place apples on a bed of baby spinach and sprinkle chopped nuts and cranberries over it.
  2. In a jar combine apple juice or cider, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, and salt. Seal and shake until well combined.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing on the salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

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