Apple, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Salad

Take the classic apple pecan salad to the next level with creamy blue cheese crumbles and dried cranberries. Drizzle this easy salad with my creamy apple cider dressing for a dynamite combination!

Apple Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad

One of my favorite year-round salads is this apple, pecan and blue cheese salad with dried cranberries. I love the combination of fruit, nuts and the sharpness of the creamy blue cheese crumbles. It’s a hearty salad that is perfect on its own or topped with your favorite protein like grilled chicken or diced turkey.

What you’ll love about this salad:

  • SIMPLE TO MAKE– Just toss in your ingredients and you’re ready to go! This is a super easy salad for holidays and parties or quick weeknight meals.
  • VERSATILE – Swap out an ingredient or two to tailor this apple pecan salad to your favorite flavors or top with chicken for a hearty meal!
  • DELICIOUS – Crisp apples, tart cranberries, toasted nuts and sharp blue cheese are a tasty combination that you will LOVE!
Apple Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese and Cranberries

This is also an easy salad with a beautiful presentation so its perfect for parties and celebrations like potlucks, holiday festivities, dinner parties and more. This salad is always a winner!

Sweet apples, toasted pecans and creamy cheese are just a match made in heaven. The tartness that the dried cranberries add pairs so perfectly with the sweetness of the apples!

Pile a big salad bowl high with lots of your favorite leafy greens – I love arugula and mixed greens – and load up thinly sliced crisp apples, toasted pecans, dried cranberries and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle on my Creamy Apple Cider Dressing for an easy and healthy salad that packs loads of flavor!

Apple Pecan Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Apple Dressing

What You Need for Apple, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Salad

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

Leafy Greens: I suggest a hearty mix of leafy greens for this salad. I personally love a blend of mixed greens, romaine, arugula and spinach. You could use kale also.

Toasted Pecans: If you want to leave your pecans raw, go for it, but toasting them brings out that delicious nutty flavor. Swap them for your favorite nut if you like (try walnuts, pistachios or almonds). Want extra sweetness? Try candied pecans!

Apples: I love a crisp apple like Honeycrisp apples, Gala apples, or jazz apples. You could also opt for a tarter apple like Granny Smith if you like.

Blue Cheese: Blue cheese crumbles are fantastic with apples, but any soft cheese will do like a good crumbled feta cheese too.

Cranberries: Dried cranberries add the perfect tart touch to this easy apple salad. Swap them for any dried fruit if you like like dried cherries, blueberries or even chopped dates.

Dressing: I love my Creamy Apple Cider Dressing with this salad. It’s an easy homemade apple cider vinaigrette dressing made with apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, EVOO, and Greek yogurt. Any similar vinaigrette would be delicious on this salad, however!

Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad

Tips & Tricks

  • Be sure to wash your greens very well and gently pat dry to remove excess moisture from your lettuce. This will allow the dressing to stick better to your greens. I highly suggest investing in a salad spinner if you love making salads at home!
  • Slice apples thinly or chop them into cubes for a chopped version of this apple pecan salad. If you don’t plan to eat your salad right away, I suggest quickly dipping your apples in lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Toast your pecans for extra flavor!
  • Save time and buy pre-crumbled blue cheese (sold as blue cheese crumbles in the cheese aisle).
Autumnal Apple Pecan Salad


Sort of! What I mean is you can wash and prep your greens, slice your apples (if you dip with lemon juice), toast pecans and crumble your blue cheese, but I suggest assembling and dressing just before serving for a crisp salad. No soggy salads allowed! Keep your dressing in the refrigerator in an airtight container and pour over just before serving.

Absolutely! Love a honey mustard? Typical vinaigrette? Use whatever salad dressing you love! I love to use my homemade apple cider dressing.

Add grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken to this apple pecan salad to turn it from a side dish to a hearty entree salad perfect for lunch or dinner.

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Apple Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad

Apple, Pecan & Blue Cheese Salad

Author: Courtney
A delicious autumnal salad made with crisp apples, toasted pecans, crumbled blue cheese and dried cranberries over a bed of leafy greens.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 311 kcal


  • 8 cups mixed salad greens such as romaine, arugula, spinach, etc.
  • 1 apple cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves toasted
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Apple Cider Dressing


  • Wash greens thoroughly and gently pat dry or dry using a salad spinner.
  • Add greens, sliced apple, toasted pecan halves, dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles to a large salad bowl.
  • Pour over salad dressing and toss to throughly combine. Enjoy!
Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 10gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 341mgPotassium: 377mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 843IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 1mg
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