Harvest Apple Chopped Salad is everything that you could want in a simple salad recipe.
Fresh, chopped kale is tossed with Honeycrisp apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds, and a homemade honey mustard dressing.
Each bite is bursting with flavors of autumn! It’s a healthy salad recipe that makes the perfect meal or side dish.
Why You’ll Love This Apple Chopped Salad
Easy + Healthy
Recipes like this apple chopped salad are what we all need in life. It only requires a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time — with a delicious outcome! The fact that it is healthy is a bonus. (Did you know pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated fatty acids?)
Whatever You Need It To Be
Need a main dish? Make your meal complete by adding grilled or roasted chicken. This harvest salad is also a great side dish for all types of occasions, from holiday parties to weeknight dinners.
Gets Better With Time
Normally, salads don’t keep long (because who wants wilted lettuce leaves?!). But this harvest salad holds up for a while. In fact, when you allow the salad to sit for a bit before serving it, the dressing works on the kale, so it’s not as tough or rigid. That means this dish can be made in advance and whipped out when you need it!
Makes Salad Taste Good
This is a kale salad that I actually got my husband to eat. And love. That’s a BIG deal! Which also vouches for the fact that this is a GOOD salad. Making a homemade dressing plays a big part in making this fall salad a home run.
Apple Chopped Salad Ingredients
Insider tip on kale: make sure you remove the tough ribbing and stalks from the kale as the recipe calls for. That way, you won’t have to do a bunch of unnecessary crunching! Shop here!
These add a delicious sweet, tart flavor and a splash of color. You could also use dried tart cherries. Shop here!
Buy these packaged and ready-to-go from the grocery store to save time. You could also toast your own pumpkin seeds. Shop here!
Crumbled goat cheese
A tangy and creamy touch to the salad. If you can’t find crumbled goat cheese, use crumbled feta cheese instead. Shop here!
The key here is to use a crisp apple with a sweet/tart flavor. If you can’t find Honeycrisps, try Pink Lady apples, Fuji apples, or Jazz apples. Chop them into ½ inch pieces. Shop here!
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing Ingredients
Shallot (finely diced)
This adds a nice bite without being quite as sharp as a regular onion.
I’d go for the Dijon mustard first. But stone ground mustard would also be a good option.
Extra virgin olive oil
How To Serve This Autumn Salad
As a Main Dish
This vegetarian salad is packed with delicious ingredients and could be served as is with a side of crusty garlic bread or a baked sweet potato. Or, if you want more protein, top it with grilled chicken. Finish the meal with Apple Butter Coffee Cake for a fall treat!
As a Side Dish
Soup + Salad Combo
Harvest Apple Chopped Salad FAQs
Can I make harvest apple chopped salad ahead of time?
Yes! This salad has the advantage of staying fresh for an extended period. Letting it rest before serving helps soften the kale, thanks to the dressing. This makes it an ideal make-ahead option that you can conveniently serve whenever you need to! Make the salad up to 24 hours in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
What type of apples are best for a salad?
The trick is to pick an apple that’s both sweet, tart, and crunchy. If you can’t get your hands on Honeycrisps, go for Pink Lady, Fuji, or Jazz apples.
What’s the point of a chopped salad?
A chopped salad makes it easy to get a mix of flavors and ingredients in every bite. The small, uniform pieces also make it convenient to eat and allow for better distribution of dressing.
What other ingredients can I use in this apple chopped salad?
If you don’t have creamy goat cheese readily available, you can use feta cheese instead. This salad would also taste delicious with some crispy pan-cooked, diced sweet potatoes (they just won’t keep for as long, as they’ll get soft!). If you don’t have time to make homemade salad dressing, you could buy a balsamic dressing from the store. Finally, add some cut-up slices of bacon for a salty, savory final touch.
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