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.
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!
The homemade apple cider dressing perfectly accents the ah-mazing Burgers’ Smokehouse Applewood Smoked Bacon and other autumnal flavors in this salad.
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.
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.
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…
We hope you enjoy this delicious salad for lunch or with your next meal.Print
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
- 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.)
- 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.
More About Applewood Smoked Bacon from Burgers’ Smokehouse
Applewood Smoked Bacon is dry rubbed with a recipe of salt, cane sugar and spice. The slow curing allows the mixture to absorb into the slab. Next, the country bacon goes to a smokehouse where it is naturally smoked with applewood. The smoke produces a golden brown finish. The result is a mellow flavor, with a nice balance of spice, applewood smoke, and sweetness that is slightly milder than our Original or Pepper Coated Country Bacon. This Regular Cut bacon is sliced 1/8 inch thick. Swing by your local Hy-Vee to snag some of this delicious bacon today!