I never know what kind of vinaigrette to add to my salads. There are always too many variations to choose from.

Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

For instance, this salad would be nice with a simple balsamic dressing, a raspberry vinaigrette, or even a creamy dressing! But with the apples and pecans packed in there I figured apple cider vinegar would be my weapon of choice.

Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

My daily lunch is always simple and usually contains Greek yogurt, a snack, some fruit and some sort of spinach salad. This one found its way into my lunch every day last week, and when I ran out of feta I substituted goats cheese.

That’s the beauty of this. Totally versatile!!

Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Don’t have all of the ingredients in this salad at home? No problem! Just add:

Fruit (apples / berries / orange slices / dried cranberries)

Nuts or seeds (pecans / almonds / walnuts / pistachios / pepitas / sunflower seeds)

Cheese (goats cheese / feta / cubed cheddar / blue cheese)

Onions (or not!)

Dressing (maple-cider / honey-lime / balsamic / raspberry / anything your heart desires)

Annnnnnnnd POOF! A little bowl of colourful love for you. And it’s perfect for winter.

Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

What is your favorite salad? I NEED TO KNOW!

Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 salads


    Maple Cider Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijonnaise (or dijon mustard)
  • Pinch salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper
  • Salad:
  • Two big handfuls (about 3 cups) baby spinach
  • 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced into thin strips


  1. Add all of the vinaigrette ingredients into a mason jar, cover with lid and shake to blend everything together. If you don't have a mason jar, just whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large salad bowl toss together spinach, apples, pecans, feta, cranberries and red onion. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat.
  3. Add salad into two bowls and enjoy immediately.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy


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28 Responses to Apple, Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

  1. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

    My favorite salad is the strawberry/blueberry salad from Wendy’s with their pomegranate vinegarette. I can hold my head high because I am not a food blogger and thus can admit I eat their and love their salads!

    I love your apple, pecan, feta or goat cheese salad. You’re right, these are ingredients that I have on hand and can whip up in a minute. And you know, I never mind salads in the winter……we keep our house here in Buffalo around 80 degrees with the woodturner so a salad is actually quite welcome! Glad you went with the cider vinaigrette for this one!

    • katrina says:

      Hey girl, we all eat out at fast food restaurants!! I’m not one to judge. Plus, I know for a fact Wendy’s makes a mean broccoli and cheddar stuffed baked potato 🙂

  2. I have way too much feta in my fridge from our CSA deliveries. This looks like a wonderful way to show it off and enjoy it!

  3. This is my favorite salad! Seriously love this flavor combo! That dressing sounds amazing too!

  4. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This sounds like an absolutely delicious salad! I love your key of how to make your own with what you like/have in the fridge it’s amazingly helpful thank you!

  5. i have been wanting to do a citrus salad – thanks for the inspiration.

  6. This is pretty much all ready close to my favorite salad! Gotta had apple or pears, some kind of nuts and I am particularly gaga over goat cheese! And maple syrup in my dressing is key! Love your photos, Katrina!

  7. todd wagner says:

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I was just thinking I need to research more salad ideas. Lately we’ve been eating just a simple kale salad with pomegranate seeds, or diced apple, so this is right up our alley.

  8. love this salad, Katrina! I agree, I love how versatile salads are .. I like color, a blend of different greens and texture and have to have a great tasting dressing that I slather on. . I’m a dressing freak. As long as my salad has those elements, I love it!

  9. This looks so delicious Katrina! No wonder you had it all last week! 😀 The colours is enough to make you happy and the vinaigrette sounds fantastic!
    I am a bit of a Caesar Salad girl myself, but probably only because I haven’t made a whole lot of salads myself. Have to change this!
    Hope the week’s treating you well m’dear 🙂 xx

  10. I agree – salad dressings are hard to choose! I typically go for a balsamic vinaigrette or poppyseed dressing. I love this cider vinaigrette, though…especially with this salad!

  11. Ashley says:

    My go-to salad “recipe” is always fruit, nuts and cheese on top of spinach! So this is definitely right up my alley! Looks wonderful!

  12. What a pretty salad! Looks amazing!

  13. Beautiful salad, Katrina. Love the apple/feta combo, especially 🙂

  14. Love how fresh this salad looks and how versatile it is!

  15. That is one tasty vinaigrette and I love using apples in salads!

  16. Obsessed with the creative vinaigrette! Pecans are my absolute faves in salads 🙂

  17. I totally understand your vinaigrette dilemma. It’s so hard to choose with so many options but I love the one you decided on, it’s brilliant!

  18. Versatile salad? Count me in! I love the sound of this!

  19. I love caesar salads even though it’s not the healthiest. I also love adding avocado to the salads I make at home, and sometimes mixing it up and using either salsa or hummus as dressing. But more often than not I whip up a vinaigrette, and this one sounds delicious!

  20. Loving the maple cider vinaigrette! I’m always looking for new vinaigrettes and other salad dressings to try. I feel like salad can get a little boring if you don’t mix it up quite often. My favourite salad has to be one with baby gem lettuce and a strong cheese (with various other toppings!) I’m a sucker for cheese in salad.

  21. cakespy says:

    When I see a salad like this on a menu, I ALWAYS order it. This looks even better than a cafe version though!

  22. That dressing looks so perfect. Must try this week when I stock up again on greens. I haven’t put apples on a salad in quite a while either.
    Happy Monday!

  23. I make something very similar to this, but with kale. I like how I can make it the night before and the greens don’t get soggy. This looks delicious, though!!

  24. Joanne says:

    I have been failing majorly on the eating salads front lately, and this is just the inspiration I’ve been looking for!!

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