Apple & Cheddar Side Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

This salad is easy and festive--the perfect healthy addition to your holiday table. The no-sugar-added dressing blends well with the sweet notes of apple and sharp Cheddar cheese, and crunchy pecans round out the dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 cups


  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot

  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 8 cups mixed salad greens, such as arugula, spinach, radicchio and/or green leaf lettuce

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 1 large red apple, chopped

  • ½ cup shaved or cubed extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup toasted chopped pecans


  1. Combine shallot, mustard, vinegar, pepper and salt in a large bowl (or small bowl, if making ahead). Whisk in oil until well combined.

  2. Just before serving, add greens, celery, apple, cheese and pecans. Toss gently until the greens are coated with the dressing.


To make ahead: Make the dressing in a small bowl (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
16g Fat
7g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Vitamin A 663IU 13%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 27mcg 7%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 176mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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