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Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

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When you’re looking for an off-season salad, this irresistible Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing will fit the bill! You’ll fall in love with your first bite!

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing in a white serving bowl

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

The calendar flipped to a new season this week, and there’s definitely a chill in the air. I made my first pumpkin and apple desserts along with breaking out my slow cooker for the first time in months. Even my salads evolved from featuring heirloom tomatoes and basil to maple, nuts and apples.

I love fall salads for a change of pace! I dug deep into my recipe files to find this old favorite: Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing. Whenever I serve this to company, I get compliments galore!

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing overhead view with halved apple and dressing in a jar

An Autumnal Salad

This salad was a cinch to toss together; perfect for company, but simple enough for a weeknight. The dressing had a number of ingredients, but all were staples in my kitchen. Do you have a stash of champagne vinegar? It’s one of my favorites and worth keeping in your pantry.

Tips for Making This Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad

  • I usually measure the salad dressing ingredients directly into a 2 cup Pyrex mixing cup, whisk until the mixture emulsifies, and then use the spout to drizzle the dressing over the  salad.
  • PRO-Tip: If you want to prep this earlier in the day, toss the apple pieces in a bit of the dressing to prevent the browning from oxidation.
  • Dress the rest of the salad right before serving. The chewy cherries, crunchy walnuts and sweet apples created a sensational combination of flavors and textures and an unforgettable salad!

Save this Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing for your next dinner party, family gathering or even for the holidays! It would be a great contrast to all the rich Thanksgiving dishes!

Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing in a white salad bowl

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Apple, Cherry and Walnut Salad

Apple, Cherry and Walnut Salad

When you’re looking for an off-season salad, this Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing is a delicious option!


Adapted from Bon Appetit

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil, but it can solidify if you refrigerate)
  • 5 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into matchstick-sized pieces (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, sugar and oil. Set aside.
  2. If making ahead of time, toss the apples in a small amount of dressing to prevent browning and place in bottom of serving bowl. Top with greens, walnuts and dried cherries. Otherwise, place greens in bowl, and arrange apples, cherries and walnuts on top.
  3. Re-whisk dressing and toss with salad before serving. You do not need to use all the dressing.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 65mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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48 comments on “Apple, Cherry, Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing”

  1. This salad has the autumn’s colours, it looks great and I love your salad bowl ! Have a nice autumn Liz 😉

  2. I’d serve a nice big tossed salad with the very last of summer’s great tomatoes! Oh, and bacon, yes definitely bacon:@) Beautiful give-away, thanks Liz!

  3. Ha I wish we could experience a bit of a chill here, it’s getting hotter again. Anyhow since we went to Europe I kind of started to get a taste for autumn flavors. I shall try your recipe sometime Liz.

  4. I’d serve a big batch of sweet potato salad!

  5. What a beautiful and delicious salad… you must know by now I love sweet and savory together! I do love autumn and I love autumn produce and flavors and this salad is perfect in every way! And what a stunning salad bowl! I would have to serve a Cesar’s Salad in this with the special Cesar’s Dressing a good friend of mine gave me so many years ago but I have yet to make! This bowl would show just how very special the recipe and the friend are!

  6. I would serve a salad with apples and red onion and my family’s olive oil/garlic/vinegar dressing!

  7. Such an amazing fall salad. Would love to try it out, sounds healthy and delicious.

  8. Tomato, basil, balsamic, feta

  9. Your salads are beautiful, and so is this bowl! I might make a variation on salad that my mother always made of orange slices, onions and avocado (very 1950s); I put this on a bed of spinach and add (you guessed it!) walnuts!

  10. Just a beautiful salad, I always like best the ones with fruits and nuts actually. And the bowl is stunning!

  11. Would love to serve a vegan caesar salad in this!

  12. Liz, this salad looks so delicious! I love the ingredients…a true taste of fall! Thanks for sharing such an awesome salad!

  13. I’d Serve An Asian Chicken Salad!

  14. Those salads all look wonderful! I love how you cut up the apples and the presentation is perfect. Must try the Maple Syrup dressing recipe – thanks for sharing! The bowl is beautiful and begs for pretty salads like this.

  15. I love a simple spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts. Yum!

  16. OMG, I loooove this salad, so festive for the fall! The salad bowl is so beautiful too!

  17. I love the fall salad. Really I love any salad with apples or pears. I will try the recipe this weekend!

  18. Beautiful salad, Liz! Did yoy use a mandoline slucer to get your apples in that perfect matchstick shape? LOVE that pretty bowl!

  19. Oh my gosh, this salad looks so good! It’s a must try! Beautiful bowl.

  20. What lovely salad Lizzy! Look si good!

  21. I would make a avocado, grapefruit and red onion salad to fill that beautiful bowl.

  22. Any Chopped would find this a beautiful way to be served. Gorgeous bowl set as well the your Cherry, Apple Walnut creation. I’d love to win this! 🙂 Thanks for the Choppertunity!

  23. Adding champagne vinegar to my stash and I would make your Apple Cherry Walnut Salad.

  24. I love this dressing and your salad while perfect for Autumn, I will enjoy in the Spring.

  25. Oh the wooden salad bowl…I’d forgotten about those. Mine are all lead crystal. Gorgeous array of salads! The last one is rather unusual.

  26. Lizzy,
    The salad looks delicious and gorgeous. I would make Ceasar Salad.

  27. Beautiful fall salad in a beautiful wooden bowl. I really love that maple dressing is perfect to drizzle of this salad or maybe just eat by the spoonful…. Take Care

  28. That’s a truly fantastic salad Liz! Quick question: we don’t have dried cherries here, should we substitute with raisins?
    Again, thanx for sharing (another) delicious salad!

  29. It certainly doesn’t take long for your weather to start to cool down. Will you be having some respite at the end of the year with your trip to NZ? Is that coming up this summer? This is a great looking salad and looks perfect for our upcoming BBQ season xx

  30. I love that combo! Nice bowl too!

  31. Apple, walnut and maple dressing…a Fall perfect salad, Liz.

  32. I would make your Apple, Dried Cherry and Walnut Salad – sounds wonderful!

  33. I love the fall flavors of your salad, especially the maple dressing!

  34. I would make a spinach, Apple, walnut and cheddar salad with cranberry balsamic dressing.

  35. I’m such a sucker for a pretty bowl. I’m doing a lot of kale Caesars these days, using the dressing recipe from Ferran Adria’s “The family meal’.

  36. Arugula, goat cheese crumbles, candied pecans, and balsamic glaze drizzle!

  37. One of my mixed greens salads, with broccoli florets, chopped cauliflower, chopped carrots, celery, and onions tops, mushrooms …and anything else is in the crisper drawer. 🙂

  38. I’d make a batch of potato salad with sour cream and fresh dill

  39. This is such a pretty salad Liz! I love the apple and dried cherries in here – such a festive and wonderful salad for the fall!

  40. Perrrrrfect Autumn recipe, Liz. I imagine mayo, maple and the nutty, chewy crunchy elements of the dried fruits and nuts are irresistible when placed in a bowl or plate. (I’m leaving myself out of the giveaway as I’ve also been gifted with some gorgeous goods from Pacific Merchants.)

  41. I would use it to serve sooo many different salads!

  42. I’ve added dried cranberries to an apple salad before but never dried cherries. That sounds SO good! Great little salad Liz!

  43. Pear & Blue Cheese Salad.

  44. My Blue Cheese Slaw would look lovely in this bowl!

  45. I love this idea! What a great fresh fall salad!

  46. I love the tart of the fruit on this salad with that maple dressing! Mmmm – just pass me the whole bowl!

  47. So ready for the change of pace fall salads bring to dinner! This one looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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