My Favorite Apple Spinach Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This Apple Spinach Salad recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It’s made with a delicious mix of sweet and savory ingredients, it’s tossed with a tangy champagne vinaigrette, and it’s always a crowd favorite! Feel free to sub in whatever greens, nuts, or soft cheese that you have on hand.



Apple Spinach Salad Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 large apples, cored and thinly-sliced (I used 1 gala apple, 1 granny smith apple, but any will do)
  • half a small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted (or pecans)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (or feta cheese, or blue cheese)
  • 1 batch apple cider vinaigrette (see below)

Champagne Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • a generous pinch of salt and black pepper
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, to sweeten


To Make The Apple Spinach Salad:

  1. Add spinach, apples, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, and half of the goat cheese to a large bowl.  Drizzle with the vinaigrette, and toss to combine.
  2. Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining goat cheese.

To Make The Champagne Vinaigrette:

  1. Add all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Or, add all ingredients to a mason jar, cover, and shake to combine.