Apple-Cranberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese


The tangy-sweet dressing in this spinach salad beautifully amplifies the apples and cranberries—and the creamy goat cheese transforms it into the perfect salad. Tasters raved about this easy fall salad. If you can't find Pink Lady apples, any sweet, crisp apple is a worthy substitute. Want to make this salad a main meal? Top with some rotisserie chicken, chickpeas or tofu.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
8 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 4 teaspoons spicy brown mustard

  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (from 1 small shallot)

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh baby spinach

  • 2 large Pink Lady apples, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans, divided

  • 2 ½ ounces semi-soft goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)


  1. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, syrup, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl; slowly whisk in olive oil until completely blended.

  2. Toss together spinach, apples, dried cranberries, half of the pecans and dressing in a large bowl. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with goat cheese and remaining pecans. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
13g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 16g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Potassium 129mg 3%

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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