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Megan’s Making a Festive Holiday Salad

Hello, I’m Megan from What Megan’s Making and I’m so glad to be sharing a holiday apple recipe with you! I love cooking and baking with apples around the holidays, and it’s usually something decadent and sugary! This time, however, I thought I’d do something a little different and give you an apple recipe for something fresh and healthy.

I made this apple, goat cheese and walnut salad for Thanksgiving, and it was such a big hit that I think I’ll make it again for Christmas! With the apples, dried cherries, and cranberry vinaigrette, it’s very seasonably appropriate, and yet it tastes nice and light. The salad is full of flavor, and it’s certainly a nice change from some of the more unhealthy things we like to eat this time of year. I like to serve the dressing on the side, and feel free to change up some of the ingredients to suit your tastes. I love dried cherries, but dried cranberries would be great as well, and blue cheese makes a great substitute for the goat cheese. Enjoy!

Apple, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette


8 cups torn mixed salad greens

2 medium red apples diced

½ cup crumbled goat cheese

1/3 cup dried cherries

1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

¼ cup sliced green onions


2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp cranberry juice concentrate

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

Dash of salt and pepper

In a salad bowl, toss together the salad ingredients. To make the dressing, place the ingredients in a container that seals well, and shake to combine. Serve the dressing alongside the salad.

*Note: I’d rather have too much dressing than not enough, so I usually double the dressing recipe when making this salad.


A Pennsylvania native, Megan lives with her husband Mike in the Grand Rapids area. She blogs about cooking and baking at www.WhatMegansMaking.com and isn’t shy about her love for Michigan apples!