Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Recipe from Eating Well and placed here for safe keeping. They say you can easily sub pears for the apples if you like. . .heck, I used some of each! This recipe is low carb, diabetic appropriate, low calorie, high fiber and gluten free - so it's a good one to serve at a party because it is sure to please everyone! And don't get hung up on the endive in the recipe; I know it's expensive and I just subbed it out for more spinach. I might also suggest a sprinkle of craisins or dried tart cherries on top; I felt it needed that since the apples/pears get super sweet in the oven and the tartness really brought everything together! Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate dressing (Step 2) for up to 1 week.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. To prepare dressing: Whisk vinegar, apple juice, 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. To roast apples and 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.
  4. While the apples are roasting, toast walnuts in a small baking pan until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  5. 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, walnuts and dried cranberries (if using). Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

I love apples and cheddar so why not try out this salad?! Ah-mazing. I actually use fresh grated (normally I buy the bagged stuff) cracker barrell sharp cheddar for this. It was so so good! I used dried time and all spinach because I'm a simple greens kind of girl :) Thanks for posting! Made for Veg*n Swap September 2011!

~SarahBeth~ September 27, 2011

I really enjoyed this tasty salad JanuaryBride. It was sweet and savory all at the same time. I used granny smith apples and bosc pears, used organic spring mixed baby greens and substituted peacans for walnuts as I am out. The dressing was tart and tangy with a slight sweetness. It was the perfect lunch. Thanks for sharing this recipe, which I will make again.

Baby Kato March 09, 2011

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