Spring Mix Apple Raspberry Salad Recipe – Serve with dinner, take to a potluck or serve at a party! A few ingredients can add pizzazz to a side salad.
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Spring Mix Apple Raspberry Salad
Growing up, I was the “oddball” kiddo who loved when we went out to eat because that usually meant that I got to try a new salad from somewhere.
Nothing has changed really, because I absolutely love trying new flavors when it comes to salads at restaurants, and even creating new salad recipes at home.
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Sweet + Crunchy
One of my favorite ways to make a salad is to add something sweet and something crunchy! I mean, growing up, I was a head-lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon bit kind of gal. But as I’ve gotten older, I love having salads with a little twist from the norm and add things like fruit, nuts and sweet dressings.
This spring mix apple raspberry salad is the perfect example of a side salad that is the total opposite of a basic garden salad.
You’re going to absolutely love making this for dinner or taking it along with you to a potluck or dinner party because it’s GORGEOUS, yet takes very little time to put together.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind it’s not really the amount of ingredients that “make” this salad, but rather the flavors combined that do. So feel free to adjust accordingly when it comes to the number of ingredients.
Bulk or Individual Salad Servings
You can make either type of servings with this salad. Make it in a large bowl for your family/guests to serve themselves, or go ahead and build individual servings in salad plates.
No matter how you make it, you’ll still layer the ingredients and mix it all in the end anyway!
For the sake of this post, I decided to stick with the bulk serving, but again, feel free to mix it up. (No pun intended. Ok, well, maybe.)
As with most of my salads, feel free to use whatever lettuce tickles your fancy, but for this one, I’d recommend spring mix or even romaine lettuce like I use in my best side salad recipe.
Full recipe card also below for printing and easy viewing.
For 4 servings, I use a 5 oz. bag of spring mix and place it in a serving bowl.
I also buy the bag of dried cranberries and candied pecans to keep things super easy.
Thin apple slices are my preference, but if you’re super short on time, feel free to use or even buy the packaged pre-sliced apples in the produce section.
Grab a container of blue cheese crumbles (and plan on using the leftovers to make these Blue Cheese Burgers!
Next, layer on all of the other toppings (except dressing at the moment), and drool over the cooked bacon (just me?) and get ready for delicious flavor combos.
Right before serving, the salad can be topped with the raspberry vinaigrette dressing and toss, or you can make individual servings and then let each person choose their dressing or top with their desired amount.
I just used the Great Value raspberry vinaigrette dressing from Walmart, but feel free to mix it up! I’m not going to lie, I think blue cheese dressing may be pretty tasty on this one.
Apple Raspberry Salad Recipe
- 5 oz. spring mix lettuce
- 3.5 oz. bag of dried cranberries & candied pecans
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1 apple sliced thin
- 4 slices cooked, chopped bacon
- 1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing or desired amount of preferred dressing
- For bulk salad assembly, layer spring mix in serving bowl, and top with cranberries, pecans, blue cheese crumbles, apple slices, and cooked-chopped bacon.
- Right before serving, toss with Vinaigrette dressing, or desired dressing.
- Or, assemble salads into individual servings and divide the 1/2 cup of dressing to each salad accordingly.
- Store any leftover, undressed salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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