Cranberry apple salad is an easy salad recipe with fruit ready in 10 minutes! Perfect for recipes for fall, salad recipe for summer, holiday salads, or ideas on what to do with apples after fall apple orchard picking!
Simple Cranberry Apple Salad
We love this green apple salad and it’s one of our go-to easy salad recipe for summer, fall, and winter!
To make cranberry and apple salad, you’ll need:
- Roman lettuce, butter lettuce, or spinach (or mix)
- Green apple
- Dried cranberries
- Sunflower seeds
- Poppy seed dressing
(see full apple pear cranberry salad recipe below)
Before you wrinkle your nose with “Blech! Apple in salad!” or “I don’t like apple salad with lettuce!” or “A recipe for cranberry apple salad? That’s dumb!” attitudes, let me tell you that every time I make this at gatherings, people love it.
I mean, they loooooove using apple for salad in this way! (And yes, many are surprised they like this apple recipe!)
With this apple pear salad, you get a nice mix of crispness between the fruit and lettuce, some tartness with dried cranberries, crunchiness with sunflower seeds, and then an amazing poppy seed dressing to top it all off.
It’s a great last-minute addition to a meal, quick and easy side dish for a pitch-in, and simple kids’ recipe for them to make on their own!
This recipe is perfect for fall apple and pumpkin picking, too!
Before we get to the recipe for apple salad, here are some tips for this recipe:
What is the best apple for salad?
You can use any apples for salad, but often the crisp, tart, green apples work best. Granny Smith apples work well with lettuce or spinach salads and can balance between sweet and tart of other salad ingredients.
How do you slice apples for salad?
Slice apples for salad in thicker cuts by cutting the apple in half and then into quarters. Then, slice off the core with the seeds and slice each quarter into smaller cuts. When slicing apples for salads, there is no need to peel the apple. Just wash the apple and cut the apple with the peel on.
Should you peel apples for fruit salad?
Whether or not you should peel apples for fruit salad depends on the kind of fruit salad you are making. In general, it’s better to leave the peel on the apple so that they don’t turn brown quickly. If you’re peeling apples, toss them in lemon juice to prevent them from browning quickly.
What is a good dressing for apple salad?
You can, of course, use any apple salad dressing you want, but we really recommend that you give the Poppy Seed dressing a chance! Some people also like
Let’s get to the apple salad recipe!
How To Make Cranberry Apple Salad with Pear
This simple cranberry apple salad with poppy seed dressing makes a festive Christmas dish!
You can also add apple salad with chicken if you want a meat option or even make this a spinach apple salad (instead of lettuce).
Also, some people make this apple cranberry fruit salad with walnuts, but we like it with sunflower seeds.
If you’re taking this salad on-the-go for a pitch-in or holiday party, add the dressing when you arrive at the party so that the lettuce doesn’t get soggy.
- 1 bunch Roman, butter lettuce or spinach (or mix), washed and torn
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 green apple, cored and chopped
- 1 pear, peeled, cored and chopped
- 2 Tablespoons sunflower seed kernels
- Poppy Seed Dressing (to taste)*
- Toss together lettuce, apple, pear and cranberries.
- Right before serving, add dressing.
- Top with sunflower seeds. Serve immediately.
We made our apple salad with sunflower, but you can make the apple salad with walnuts or pecans, too. (Or, even leave the nuts out of the salad!)
*We use a store-bought Poppy Seed dressing.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
File under: green apple salad recipes
Easy Apple in Salad Recipe Paired with Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship
We decided to pair up our cranberry apple salad recipe with the children’s book Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway.
Just like apples and lettuce seem an unlikely pairing, so do apples and worms.
However, when little Mac apple meets Will the worm, they become fast friends.
But . . . apples and worms aren’t supposed to be friends, right?
Soon, Mac is being called things like “Bad Apple” and “Rotten!” for his friendship with Will.
Mac decides to stand up to the bullies and fight for his friendship, no matter how different he and Will are from each other.
This engaging story will open doors for dialogue with your kids about diversity, bullying, differences, friendship and more!
Listed Book Age Range: 3-5 years