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The Organic Kitchen Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

I love this salad! Chopped romaine, caramelized walnuts, diced apples, dried cranberries and aged gouda drizzled with an amazing tangy apple vinaigrette. It looks lovely and tastes even better!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Linda Spiker


For salad:

  • 1 1/2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup good quality Gouda cheese, diced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts raw or caramelized, to taste (see link above)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples diced

Apple Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons frozen organic apple juice concentrate Tip! Reseal the can with plastic and a rubber band and place back in freezer to avoid waste
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper


For salad:

  1. Combine ingredients, dress with apple vinaigrette. Toss and serve.

For Dressing:

  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk. Dress salad. Save extra dressing in covered container in the fridge for up to a week. Once plated, add more freshly ground pepper if desired.