Baked Apple Salad


Apples are a classic summertime treat in everything from pies to salads. Combining baked apples with the savory tastes of onions, cranberries and toasted almonds and then topping with a light vinaigrette, adds a new spin to apples in a salad. Use this salad in place of a Waldorf salad when you are going to a potluck where the dishes will sit out of refrigeration for a while.

Step 1

Wash and peel the onion and wash the apple.

Step 2

Slice the onion in half and cut four slices into the onion halves to just above the root so that the onion slices are still connected to the root.

Step 3

Slice the apple in 1/4-inch wedges and place the onion and apple slices onto a baking sheet.

Step 4

Brush the onion and apples with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until softened.

Step 5

Toast the slivered almonds in a pan set to low. Once toasted, set the almonds aside to cool.

Step 6

Combine the onion, apple, almonds, spinach, cranberries and feta in a salad bowl.

Step 7

Wash and zest the lemons (or oranges) and place the zest and juice in a medium bowl. Add the thyme, garlic and red wine vinegar to the bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Step 8

Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and add salt and pepper to taste.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 apple, Gala or Braeburn
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Brush
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 8 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • Salad bowl
  • 2 Meyer lemons or Valencia oranges
  • Zester
  • Medium bowl
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh diced thyme
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Wisk


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