Crisp Apple Salad (GF, V)

A Crisp Apple Salad for Fiesta Friday

Happy Apple Season!

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, V)
The Apples Are Coming!

Y’all I’m so excited that the early apples are ripe and ready for picking. They’re plenty ripe. And, best of all, you can still pick blueberries, blackberries, and peaches while you’re at your local farm. Well, at least if you’re at Tougas Farm. (It’s the one I choose in Massachusetts.)

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, V)
Blackberry Picking at Tougas on Thursday Morning!

Now, today I’m bringing you a crisp apple salad. It’s in fact that the same dressing as my butternut squash salad that comes around each fall. And, it’s perfect for those early, tart apples. With the dressing and bacon, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and transition into summer.

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, V)
Crisp Apple Salad

And, best of all, this week I am co-hosting my favorite party on the web- Fiesta Friday. So, I’m brining this salad to share with all of you! If you want to join the fiesta we’d LOVE to have you! Simply read the directions at the end of this post, and I’ll hop on by to check out what you’re bringing to the party too!

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, DF, EF)

Allergens: Celiac friendly and free of the Top 8 allergens. Always check the ingredient labels for the products you choose to purchase.

Serving Size: Makes 4 entrée salads


  • 8 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 apples, cut into bite size pieces
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups (packed) coarsely chopped escarole (from 1 head)
  • 1 5-oz bag mixed baby greens (about 8 cups)
  • 4 green onions, chopped (white and pale green parts only)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Grilled chicken, 4 breasts


  1. Cook bacon in heavy large skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain.A Salad Suited for Dinner (GF, DF, EF)
  2. Toss the escarole, mixed greens, onions, basil, cilantro, and tarragon in large bowl. Add the olive oil and toss again. Add the red wine vinegar and toss a final time.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and divide among four plates. Sprinkle with bacon and butternut squash. Top with grilled chicken, apples, and serve!Crisp Apple Salad (GF, DF, EF)

Inspired from a Bon Appetit side salad, February 2002

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, V)
You can buy your early season apples too if you don’t have time to go picking!

Now, if you want to find more delicious recipes, stop on by Fiesta Friday! This blog link-up is super simple to join and filled with some of the best company on the web. To add your link go to the Fiesta Friday homepage. It can be about anything that you want to bring to the party: food, decorations, stories, photographs, etc. (There are a few guidelines you must follow to be featured.)

Crisp Apple Salad (GF, DF, EF)
My Crisp Apple Salad for this week’s fiesta!

Lastly, be sure to tag your post with “Fiesta Friday” and to link back to the hosting blogs, so we can come stop by. (That’s the Novice Gardener, Sarah, and me!)

Happy cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!

25 thoughts on “A Crisp Apple Salad for Fiesta Friday

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I’m so excited to co-host with you this week! You may have as much salad as you’d like. Your peach crumble bars are perfect for everyone picking peaches this week. Love the fruity theme we started! 😀

    1. Thanks, Aunt JuJu! My favorite part about apple season is New England is it’s length and variety. While this recipe is perfect for the tarter (frequently early season apples), I can’t wait to dive into some sweeter treats as the season progresses. Happy FF, and have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Joy! I just love this dressing. I also use it on a roasted butternut squash recipe in the fall. It’s by far my best homemade dressing. Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 😀

    1. Thanks, Lili! It’s one of my favorite homemade dressings, and I love it with the bacon in the dish. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! 😀

    1. Thanks, Nancy! And, yes, while I’m sad blueberry season will be over soon, I cannot wait until there are more apples ready to be picked. It’s the best part of fall! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀

    1. Thanks! I used to only use this dressing in fall recipes, so I was excited when I found a way to use it in a summer salad as well. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! 🙂

  1. oh my gosh – this is beautiful – that grilled chicken is ON point! You know I’m all about the protein – love the idea of an apple in a salad, actually never tried it before hand, so I may need to add that to my list!

    1. You’ll love it! In the fall, I make this salad with roasted butternut squash instead, but for late summer/early fall, the apples really freshen up the dish!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. And, I still need to email you an update, but I also sent along a FB message for the meanwhile.

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