Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This delicious fall-inspired Autumn Chopped Salad will quickly become your go-to holiday salad. It’s great for large group gatherings or compliments a weeknight meal at home.

Autumn Chopped Salad in a bowl

This post is sponsored by St. James Winery and Burgers’ Smokehouse. Opinions are all ours though!

Ready to up your salad game? We’ve got you covered.

What Ingredients Do I Need for Autumn Chopped Salad?

I’ve been serving this simple, fall-inspired chopped salad at my weeknight and my holiday tables for years. It never sticks around long. The combo of sweet tart apples and dried cranberries, smoky bacon, tangy feta, and crunchy pecans creates a flavor experience in your mouth!

Autumn Chopped Salad in a glass bowl

The homemade apple cider dressing perfectly accents the ah-mazing Burgers’ Smokehouse Applewood Smoked Bacon and other autumnal flavors in this salad. 

burgers smokehouse applewood smoked bacon

Not only is Burgers’ locally owned and operated in mid-Missouri not far from us, but they produce some of the most flavorful bacon I have ever had. They developed their dry cure method (no water added, very few ingredients) over 50 years ago and have been serving it up the same since. The applewood flavor is subtle but is a very special touch to this apple-infused salad.

Autumn Chopped Salad in a bowl with tongs

Now, let’s talk salad dressing. Friends, I’m just going to say it: I wanted to drink this vinaigrette right from the bottle! This might be my favorite homemade dressing to date. It’s a little sweet and a little tangy and a beautiful golden color.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette in a tall glass bottle

How to Make Autumn Chopped Salad

Check out this short tutorial and see for yourself just how easy it is to make this chopped salad…

What to Serve Alongside This Salad

Be sure to serve this salad alongside our favorite holiday side, Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

twice-baked potatoes
 …and our Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze. Yummm!
spiral-sliced ham

We hope you enjoy this delicious salad for lunch or with your next meal.

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette poured on top

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Crisp greens are topped with tart apples, sweet dried cranberries, feta cheese, toasted pecans, and Burgers’ Smokehouse Applewood Bacon. Finish off with our delicious Apple Cider dressing.



  • ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (sub: honey)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 8 cups crisp Romaine or Green Leaf lettuce, chopped (approximately 1 head of lettuce)
  • 2 medium tart red apples, cored and diced (do not peel) (recommended: Fuji or Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 8 slices Burgers’ Smokehouse Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounces feta cheese


  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a jar with a lid, seal, and shake. (You can make ahead and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.)
  2. Add all the salad ingredients to a large bowl, lightly drizzle the dressing over the top (add less than you think you need), and toss. Serve with extra dressing on the side.
Mixing autumn chopped salad

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18 replies
  1. April Horstman Reser says:

    This salad was so easy! I did find applewood smoked bacon at my Hy Vee but could not locate the apple pie wine (of any brand). However, this was an absolutely DELICIOUS salad! It was SO GOOD, my husband volunteered to take all of the leftovers (there wasn’t much) to work the next day –WOW!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ann Marie. You can order the Apple Pie Wine when it’s in season from St. James Winery. It’s absolutely delicious and a fun local Missouri sweet wine to enjoy. But, since it’s out of stock at this time, you can just omit that ingredient. I’ve tested the dressing that way and it’s still delicious.