Salads | July 2, 2018

Apple Gorgonzola Salad Recipe {Bucca Di Beppo Copy-Cat}

After having this salad while dining a Bucca Di Beppo a few times I knew I had to make it at home.  It is a perfect blend of flavors and textures.  After some recipe testing I came up with this apple gorgonzola salad recipe.
apple gorgonzola salad in a white bowl

Food and Memories

I have really fond memories of dining at Bucca De Beppo and eating this salad.  When my husband and I were newly married we were invited to eat at Bucca on Valentine’s Day with a big group of people.  We continued this tradition many times and always ordered this apple gorgonzola salad before our entrees.  It’s amazing how food can conger images of good times from the past.
apple gorgonzola salad in a white bowl

What You’ll Need

There are a few things you need to make this salad:

  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • crumbled gorgonzola
  • green apples, sliced and chopped
  • dried cranberries
  • candied walnuts
  • and of course – the dressing

Apple Gorgonzola Salad ingredients

Homemade Dressing

Homemade mustard vinaigrette is key.  It is so simple to make, so suppress the urge to buy a store bought dressing.  You throw everything in a blender and you are done in seconds.  All you’ll need is:

  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • red onion
  • garlic
  • dijion mustard
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper

apple gorgonzola salad dressing in a blender

Candied Pecans

As far as the candied Walnuts?  There is a fabulous recipe here on the blog for cinnamon pecans.  I used this recipe – and the pecans were fabulous in the salad!  If you want walnuts, just sub them for the pecans – it will turn out great!  I’ll include the recipe in the card below.

Apple Gorgonzola Salad in a white bowl

Delicious Combination

So take my advice and add this salad to your menu this week.  It truly is a delicious combination of crunchy apples, sweet cranberries, and creamy gorgonzola.

Apple Gorgonzola Salad in a white bowl

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4.75 from 8 votes
Apple Gorgonzola Salad Recipe
Apple Gorgonzola Salad {Bucca Di Beppo Copy-Cat Recipe}
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
A copycat of the famous Bucca Di Beppo salad - crisp greens, green apples, walnuts, and gorgonzola with a mustard vinaigrette.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: apple gorgonzola salad, bucca di beppo copycat, mustard vinaigretter
Servings: 8
Calories: 374 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts chopped
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 green apple diced
  • 1 green apple sliced
  • 1 cup candied pecans recipe below
  • mustard vinaigrette recipe below
Candied Pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch of ground red pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans
Mustard Vinaigrette
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toss together lettuce, cheese, diced apple, walnuts, and cranberries. Toss with desired amount of mustard vinaigrette. Garnish with sliced apples.
Candied Pecans
  1. Combine all ingredients in a frying pan. Heat over medium heat until sugar is melted and nuts are toasted.
  2. Transfer to a lightly greased sheet of foil to cool.

  3. Store in a ziplock bag
Mustard Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Gorgonzola Salad {Bucca Di Beppo Copy-Cat Recipe}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 830IU17%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    As an expert on learned helplessness, i’ve been in charge of bringing salads To family gatherings. After bringing this, my kin are thinking twice about me bringing a main course!
    This is a very easy salad to make and it’s guaranteed to impress. I’m not a fan of onions, so the first time I made this, I skimped on them. Trust me – you need the amount of onion called for for all the flavors to blend.
    This is an absolutely fantastic salad!

  2. 4 stars
    I found this very close to what I have had from them. I personally found that 2 tbs of Dijon was a little much and added about 1/2 tsp of honey to round it out. I might have a less sweet apple cider vinegar though. Otherwise, I did not alter the recipe at all and enjoyed it.

  3. This apple gorgonzola salad is the bomb!!! Everytime there is a function they want me to bring the salad because they know i make really good salads. When i make this gorgonzola salad , everybody raves about this salad!!! And i make different kinds of salad all the time. But this is my favorite!!!

    Lisa R.

  4. 5 stars
    I bought candied walnuts to save time and used shallots as my husband doesn’t care for red onions. This was excellent and easy! Love the flavors together!

  5. 5 stars
    This dressing is one of my favorites and the salad is a staple in my lunch rotation. So fresh and delicious! I don’t always take the time to candy the pecans but it is still delicious with plain