For years I have been bringing variations of this salad to parties, baby showers and play groups. This is the original concoction that all the variations stem from and it’s the first time it’s been published on my blog. This salad has literally saved me from going hungry some days when there was nothing for this mama to eat for lunch!
Lettuce is still very much in season in the fall. Apples are at their peak and cranberries are just starting. It’s the perfect time of year this quick and easy lunch or dinner dish. I like feta but goat cheese is wonderful in it as well. Pecans, almond or walnuts can be added for a nice crunch. I use dried, organic cranberries…raw wouldn’t taste very good.
Some other add-ins that are lovely for making this salad a meal are leftover chicken, salmon, tuna, or roast beef. In the summer I like to add berries like in this summer salad version.
I like to use my favorite apple cider vinegar dressing for this. It’s also wonderful with a balsamic vinaigrette or homemade ranch (see below recipe for additional salad dressing recipes).
- 1 full head of organic romaine lettuce or 3 romaine hearts
- 1 organic apple, sliced with skins on (any variety)
- 8 oz feta or goat cheese, crumbled or cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup dried, organic cranberries
- 1/4 cup almonds, pecans or walnuts (preferably soaked and dried)
- Salad dressing of choice
- Wash lettuce with a splash of white or raw apple cider vinegar.
- Spin dry using a salad spinner to remove all water.
- Place in a large bowl with remaining ingredients.
- Toss with dressing or add dressing separately.
- Serve and store leftovers in refrigerator.
More Salad Dressing Recipes:
- Greek Vinaigrette
- Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Healthy Honey French Dressing
- Honey Balsamic Dressing
- Poppyseed Dressing
You might like to serve this Harvest Salad with a very good steak!
I almost guarantee that you will fall in love with this simple salad as much as my friends and I have! People will request that you bring it everywhere you go and beg you for your recipe!
What’s your favorite salad combination?
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Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).