Roasted apples and Cheddar cheese turn an ordinary mixed green salad into something extra-special. You can use pears for this recipe as well.

Kathy Farrell-Kingsley
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2004


Recipe Summary

40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • To prepare dressing: Whisk vinegar, apple juice, 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  • To roast apples & prepare salad: Toss apples with 2 teaspoons oil and thyme in a medium bowl; spread evenly on a baking sheet. Roast, turning once or twice, until the apples are soft and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard fresh thyme, if using. Let cool.

  • While the apples are roasting, toast walnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

  • Just before serving, combine spinach, lettuce and endive in a large bowl; toss gently to mix. Divide the greens among 6 plates, drizzle with dressing and top with cheese, roasted apples and walnuts. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate dressing (Step 2) for up to 1 week.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

198 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 15g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 10.1g; fat 13.8g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 12.7mg; vitamin a iu 3447.9IU; vitamin c 13.6mg; folate 62.3mcg; calcium 143mg; iron 1.7mg; magnesium 38.5mg; potassium 237.9mg; sodium 175.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Yummy! I made this recipe! Thats a accomplishment in itself. I used only spinach delicious. My apples came out moist not dry or crisp. But it was still good. I really enjoyed the vinegarette dressing. I will be making this salad again. It was perfect for a Sunday Spring lunch! Pros: Easy Quick Cons: Moist Apples Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fall Delight Since I only cook for two - I cut the recipe in half and substituted the apple juice with one wedge of a Fuji Apple juiced in the bullet with 1/8 inch of fresh ginger Mmmmm Pros: Easy to prepare family favorite Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I found out I was out of thyme as I began making dinner so we used sage instead. My apple-loving husband complained that the apples were dry but I thought they were fine. My 10.5 month old didn't have any complains though. I think she ate an entire apple by herself last night. Clearly I'll be making that part of the recipe again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really loved this salad! I didn't have any problems with the apples being dry mine were moist and delicious! I also loved the dressing. I used all baby spinach and substituted blue cheese for the cheddar b/c that's just what I had on hand. Love this and will make it again! Read More