Recipe: Winter Apple Salad

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I’ve been killing you guys lately with filling, decadent recipes and it’s time to lighten things back up a bit. While I love things that have that “comfort” factor, be it a childhood favorite or something that just hits the spot when the weather is crappy, I also LOVE a good salad. If you’ve dined at a restaurant with me more than twice, my order history probably supports this fact.

There is a common misconception when it comes to salads: Salads are for summer. WRONG. Just because it’s not a balmy spring or summer day doesn’t mean that you can’t create a beautiful, delicious and nutritious salad that fits perfectly into your day. And this one is just that. Tart apples, crisp mesclun greens, sweet dried cranberries, chewy golden raisins, flavorful blue cheese, crunchy sunflower seeds… Yum. And as an added bonus it’s quick and easy. I like to serve this salad drizzled with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Winter Apple Salad

Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Jordan Clapp - Organically Optimistic


  • 5 oz. mesclun greens
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/8 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/8 c. golden raisins
  • 3 T. sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 c. blue cheese or feta cheese


  1. Wash and dry greens, place in serving bowl.

    2. Small dice or thinly slice (personal choice) the apple; toss the apple, cranberries, raisins, and blue cheese crumbles with the greens.

    3. Sprinkle top of salad with sunflower seeds. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette (see separate recipe) and serve.

See? Super easy. Now go whip up a delicious salad and homemade vinaigrette. Enjoy.