As you plan your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget to add this Fruity Nutty Salad to the menu for a refreshing starter.


I know when you are sitting down and writing out your Thanksgiving menu, the last thing you probably think about is salad. It’s so easy to overlook a salad when the day is all about a turkey, homemade stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, veggies and pumpkin pie. I mean, I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it!

We all know it’s really easy to overindulge during the holidays and there are times when you need something light and crisp to balance it all out. This Fruity Nutty salad featuring walnuts, fresh apples, and craisins is the perfect combination to compliment your Thanksgiving dinner.


And if you don’t have room for the Fruity Nutty salad on your Thanksgiving table, why not do a little pre-gaming and have it for lunch? It will fill you up and keep you going as you wait to feast on your yummy Thanksgiving dinner.

What I love most about this salad is the crunch! Between the fresh honeycrisp apples and the chopped walnuts, there is literally a crunch in every bite. And, I will admit, I tend to lean towards the sweet side when it comes to food so that is where is the sweet and tart craisins come in.


You can top your Fruity Nutty salad off with cheese crumbles like feta, bleu cheese, or gorgonzola. But you don’t need a lot since they tend to overpower a dish. If you are looking to add some more protein to your salad, go ahead and throw in some grilled chicken. This salad can totally stand alone without dressing but if you need it, balsamic vinaigrette works well.


Fruity Nutty Salad


  • fresh greens
  • handful of craisins
  • handful of chopped walnuts
  • crumbled cheese, feta, bleu cheese, or gorgonzola
  • sliced apples, I love honey crisp on mine
  • grilled chicken, optional
  • balsamic vinaigrette, optional


  1. Wash greens and place in large bowl.
  2. Top with craisins, walnuts, sliced apples, and cheese.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.


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