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Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

This Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Poppy seed Dressing is absolutely mouth-wateringly amazing! Peppery greens are topped with fresh, crisp apples, candied walnuts, cranberries, bacon, avocado, feta, red onion, and finally drizzled with a quick and easy creamy poppy seed dressing. This delicious apple salad recipe is perfect year-round for lunch or as a side dish, and especially for holiday dinners!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Amy Nash



  • 1 small head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 6 ounces spring mix
  • 2 ounces arugala
  • 2 crisp apples thinly sliced (envy, honeycrisp, or fuji are our favorites)
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 6 slices bacon cooked until crispy and chopped
  • ½ small red onion sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 avocado sliced thin

Candied Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

  • cup mayo
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  • Add the walnuts, butter, sugar, and cinnamon to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar and butter are melted and coating the nuts, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and separate to cool. Serve whole or chopped.
  • Make the poppy seed dressing by whisking everything together in a medium bowl.
  • Toss the chopped romaine, spring mix, and arugula together in a large bowl. Arrange with toppings, then serve with the dressing. Or toss everything together with the dressing and serve immediately.


Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 2mg