Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

By Rachel Tiemeyer
September 10, 2021

This delicious Autumn-Inspired Chopped Salad will quickly become your go-to fall salad. It’s so good that it was featured in this news story. Autumn Chopped Salad is a great recipe for large group gatherings or compliments a weeknight meal at home. Enjoy!

Autumn Chopped Salad in a bowl

Ready to up your fall 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, bacon, tangy feta, and crunchy pecans creates a flavor experience in your mouth!

Fall salad in a glass bowl

The homemade apple cider dressing perfectly accents the bacon with the perfect mix of sweet and savory. To save time, be sure to make your bacon in the oven!

The Perfect Dressing for a Fall Salad: Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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 fall salad..

What to Serve with a Fall 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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37 replies
  1. Theresa Goodnight says:

    This was another Thriving Home holiday winner! I took this to Thanksgiving and the whole fam loved it! I candied the pecans which was incredibly delicious. Spot on perfect!

    • Polly Conner says:

      Yes, they will brown if they sit out too long without being tossed in the dressing. I often make everything else ahead of time and add the apples in at the very last moment.

  2. janice lang says:

    I love this salad recipe!!! The dressing needs a little tweaking for me ….not quite sweet enough. All in all a wonderful tasting salad!

  3. Kerry says:

    Love salads and this one looks fantastic. I think Hubby will even eat this one 🙂
    This will be perfect for Easter!

  4. Kathy Tonagel says:

    This is possibly the best salad I’ve ever made, superb ingredients! And the homemade dressing is delicious. My husband and I love it and so do friends I’ve made it for.

  5. Cynthia says:

    I’m never one to put fruit into my salads…unless I’m making fruit salad. But this one looked beautiful & sounded so tempting, I couldn’t resist. I’m Soon thrilled I made this salad. AB.SO.LUTELY AAAHMAZING.

  6. Sue says:

    This was so good and full of flavor! The only sub I made was dried cherries for the cranberries, as my husband is not a fan.

  7. 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.