Labor Day Easy: French Apple Salad


Looking for something lovely to tote to your Labor Day weekend picnic? This salad is made of totally simple ingredients. No need to run to the local gourmet grocer to plop down a fistful of cash. No, these ingredients are basic, fresh items that you should be able to find at any supermarket. The stunning part of this recipe isn’t just the simplicity and affordability of it’s ingredients. Rather, it’s the astonishingly easy vinaigrette, a recipe based on an authentic French recipe taught to me years ago at the hands of a Parisian family. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the light crunch of spinach and creamy bite of sharp cheddar.

French Apple Salad

  • 2 green apples, sliced thin
  • 10-12 cups spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup sharp white cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup croutons
  • 1/4 cup pecan, halves
  • 1/ 4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon purple onions, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, onions and sugar. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside and allow flavors to meld for about 15 minutes.

Add all other ingredients to a large bowl. Toss until well combined. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top of your salad. Enjoy!