Harvest Apple Salad
I’ve recently become obsessed with this Harvest Apple Salad. It’s light and fresh and perfect paired with a cup of soup or a half sandwich for a filling lunch. It’s also a great starter or side salad for dinner. You can basically eat it any time, and all the time and if you’re like me, you’ll want to once you try it! It’s full of beautiful flavors that complement one another perfectly: fresh leafy greens, crisp, tart Granny Smith apples, rich, creamy goat cheese, earthy walnuts and a light apple vinaigrette that’s mildly tart and sweet. Now that apple season is upon us, this is a great and healthy way to get your fix for just 136 calories or 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving.
For more tasty lightened up apple recipes, check out my Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts, Cheddar Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese, Slow Cooker Applesauce, Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Singles, Stuffed Acorn Squash, Apple Cinnamon Sangria, Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Chicken and more in the Apple section of my recipe index!
Harvest Apple Salad
Yield: 4 servings
- 1/3 cup light apple juice (such as Trop50 Farmstand Apple)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 6 cups Spring Mix (or other baby greens or lettuce blend) – I pack my cups for extra salad
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cut into matchstick pieces
- 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the apple juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper until well combined. Add the oil and stir in.
- To build the salads, place 1 ½ cups (lightly packed) of greens onto each plate and top with ¼ of the apple slices. Sprinkle ½ an ounce of goat cheese and a tablespoon of walnuts over each plate. Make sure to stir or shake the dressing again before adding it to combine ingredients. Drizzle two tablespoons of the dressing over each salad.
*Build each salad to serve! If you’re only serving one or two salads, store the remaining dressing in an airtight container in the fridge and toss the leftover apple slices in lemon juice (also store in the fridge). You don’t want to build the leftover salads and dress them until you’re ready to eat them.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
5 per serving (SPs calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information (per 1 cup serving):
136 calories, 11 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
Dressing adapted from Taste of Home