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!

* Linked up to Gluten Free Fridays at Vegetarian Mama on 10/9.


  1. sarahgiebens August 21, 2015
    • Kaila August 21, 2015
  2. cookingwithauntjuju.com August 21, 2015
    • Kaila August 21, 2015
  3. Julie is Hostess At Heart August 21, 2015
    • Kaila August 21, 2015
  4. joy August 21, 2015
    • Kaila August 21, 2015
  5. apsara August 21, 2015
    • Kaila August 22, 2015
  6. Lili August 22, 2015
    • Kaila August 22, 2015
      • Lili August 23, 2015
  7. nancyc August 22, 2015
    • Kaila August 23, 2015
  8. The Chunky Chef August 23, 2015
    • Kaila August 23, 2015
    • Kaila August 23, 2015
  9. eatsandexercisebyamber August 23, 2015
    • Kaila August 23, 2015
  10. Dini @ The Flavor Bender August 25, 2015
    • Kaila August 25, 2015
  11. Sarah 'n Spice August 25, 2015
    • Kaila August 25, 2015

Leave a Reply