Salads | September 6, 2018

Baked Apple Salad

Baked apple salad combines earthy fall flavors and textures while still being fresh and bright.  Hearty pecans and brown sugar compliment autumn apples and crisp greens for the perfect side. And on top of all of this – it’s vegetarian.

Baked apple salad on a white platter with a striped napkin.

The Perfect Side Dish

I’ve had this recipe in my collection since I was a newlywed.  We have loved this addition to simple dinners for many many years.  This salad comes together in under 30 minutes and never disappoints with its sweet and savory flavors.

Baked apple salad on a white salad.

How To Bake Apples

I love baked apples.  I love how they make my house smell, and I love the texture.  So to start off this recipe you’re going to bake up some apples.  Don’t worry – its simple – quarter and core your apples, sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans, and drizzle with a little butter.  Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes and you’re good to go.

Baked apple salad prep. Sliced apples on a wooden cutting board.

What are the best apples for baking?

The best apples for baking are ones that hold their shape rather than turning to mush.  Here is a list of apples that are great for roasting:

  1. gala
  2. granny smith
  3. jonagold
  4. braeburn (a personal fav for snacking)
  5. honey crisp

Pro Tip: Choose an apple that is firm and in season while grocery shopping.

Baked apple salad apples in a skillet.

Why Should I Make Homemade Dressing?

Homemade dressing is so easy and delicious.  You literally throw a few ingredients in the blender and you’re done.  Homemade dressing tastes better.  Homemade dressing has no preservatives.  Homemade dressing is fast.

This dressing is simple with a tangy bite.  Combine:

  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • honey
  • salt & pepper

in your blender as the perfect addition to this baked apple salad.

Baked apple salad dressing ingredients and a blender jar.

What Can I Serve This Salad With?

This salad pairs perfectly with any heart meal.  Try it with:

  • a rotisserie chicken
  • pot roast
  • as a side on Thanksgiving

Baked apple salad with on a white platter with a bowl of dressing to the side.

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Baked apple salad on a white platter with a striped napkin.
Baked Apple Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Baked apple salad is the perfect side for your fall meals. Sweet apples combine with crisp greens for a bright and hearty dinner addition.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple salad, baked apples, salad with fruit
Servings: 4
Calories: 545 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 gala apples cored and quartered
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 cups red leaf lettuce chopped
  • 1/5 cup dried cranberries optional
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
Dressing
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
Salad
  1. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Place apples cut side up in dish. Top with brown sugar, pecans, and drizzle with butter.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until apples are tender.
  3. While apples cool, make dressing.
  4. Assemble salad by starting with a bed of greens, add cranberries, and place baked apples on top. If any pecans have fallen in baking dish, add those to the salad also.
  5. Serve with dressing on the side.
Dressing
  1. In a blender combine all ingredient. Pulse until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Apple Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Potassium 170mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 32g
Vitamin A 44.7%
Vitamin C 6.3%
Calcium 2%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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