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With a simple citrus dressing, apple salad is packed with texture and simple, bright flavors. It’s refreshing and made in minutes!

Citrus Vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for our favorite fruit salads like this apple salad, and on our Waldorf Salad and Kale Salad as well!

A white bowl filled with apple salad.

I Love a Good Salad!

There’s nothing I love more in the spring and summer than a big bowl of salad! I often order them at restaurants and enjoy them for lunch or dinner at least a couple of times a week.

A new favorite salad is this bright apple salad, which makes a great side dish, or can be filling enough to enjoy on its own with a slice of French Bread!

Why we love it:

  • Always in season. Enjoy this bright citrus-dressed salad in the summer or in the fall during apple season! It’s really in season all year long.
  • Flavors and textures. This apple salad is the best of both worlds, sweet, savory, and filled with texture!
  • The dressing. This apple salad has a brilliant Citrus Vinaigrette that enhances the flavor of all of the ingredients!
Lettuce, nuts, cheese, apples, and dressing ingredients measured on a kitchen counter.

Ingredients

  • tangerines
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice about 1 to 1.5 tablespoons
  • clove garlic
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • baby greens (spring mix) – is a mixture of young leaves and often includes arugula, chard, endive, radicchio, baby spinach, and other heirloom lettuces.
  • walnuts- or other nuts like pecans or pistachios
  • feta cheese or goat cheese
  • apples Envy, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith apples, or any kind you prefer.
  • avocado
Adding nuts, cheese, and apples to a bowl filled with lettuce.

A Simple Salad

  1. DRESSING. Combine tangerine juice, oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, and salt in a container. Seal and shake until combined.
  2. SALAD. Toss the baby greens, walnuts, feta, lemon zest, and apple together in a large bowl.
  3. SERVE. Add dressing and toss to coat. Top with avocado and any more dressing or feta, if desired.
Tossing apples, nuts, and cheese with lettuce in a glass bowl.

Recipe Tips

  • Lemon. Zest the lemon before juicing it.
  • Treat apple slices with lemon juice or Ball’s Fresh Fruit powder to keep apple slices from browning.
  • Additions. Try adding Candied Walnuts, dried cranberries, celery, raisins, or green onions.
  • Add protein using grilled chicken, turkey, or crumbled bacon.
A white platter filled with a tossed apple salad.

Storing Info

  • Make ahead of time. Prepare the dressing 1-2 days before. The apple salad recipe can be assembled a few hours before serving, but be sure to treat the apples and avocados with Balls Fresh Fruit. Don’t add the dressing until right before serving.
  • STORE. Depending on how much dressing the salad has on it leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.
Serving a bowl of apple salad.

For More Fruit Salad:

5 from 6 votes

Apple Salad

By: Lil’ Luna
With a simple citrus dressing, apple salad is packed with texture and simple, bright flavors. It's refreshing and made in minutes!
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Dressing

  • 3 tangerines, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt to taste

Salad

  • 1 (10-ounce) package baby greens
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

Instructions 

  • Make dressing by combining tangerine juice, oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, and salt in a container. Seal and shake until combined.
  • Make salad by tossing together the baby greens, walnuts, feta, lemon zest, and apple together in a large bowl.
  • Add dressing and toss to coat.
  • Top with avocado and any more dressing or feta, if desired.

Notes

Make ahead of time. Prepare the dressing 1-2 days before. The salad can be assembled a few hours before serving, but be sure to treat the apples and avocados with Balls Fresh Fruit. Don’t add the dressing until right before serving.
STORE. Depending on how much dressing the salad has on it leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 498mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 610IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This apple salad is so good! It was so sweet, savory, and the citrus dressing really made it more awesome! Thanks for this lovely salad recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    So fresh and delicious! My only wish is that I should have doubled the recipe, it disappeared fast!