Apple Gorgonzola Salad is chock-full of all kinds of goodies. Tart green apples, sweet cranberries, tangy gorgonzola and nutty pecans.
If you’re like me, you love a big salad that’s loaded with all kinds of ingredients. I’m not talking about a little afterthought of some lettuce on a plate. I’m talking a salad that is great as a side but could also be the star of the show. One that is full of different flavors and textures. Like a Grilled Steak Salad with Caramelized Onions, a Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, a Green Bean Salad or this Apple Gorgonzola Salad.
I am kind of obsessed with this particular salad to be honest because it is the perfect combination of crunchy, tart, nutty, and sweet. It also has the tangy creaminess from gorgonzola cheese crumbles and everything is tossed in a dijon vinaigrette. It really couldn’t be any better.
Let’s talk a little bit about all of the ingredients that go into it:
Like I said, this salad is full of all kinds of goodies. There are essentially two parts: the salad and the dressing.
For the salad you’ll need:
For the vinaigrette dressing you’ll need:
This Apple Gorgonzola Salad is as easy to make as any other salad recipe. You simply need to put the salad together in a large bowl and make the dressing. You can toss the salad with the dressing right before serving or you can serve the dressing on the side so people can dress the salad themselves.
You can make the dressing ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator. Use within a few days. The chilled dressing will solidify in the refrigerator, just allow it to come to room temperature before using. For the salad, it’s best eaten the day that it is made. Especially if you dress it.
Gorgonzola is a blue cheese, but it is not nearly as pungent as others. It is a cows milk cheese and is aged similarly but it is creamier, milder and less fragrant and other blue-veined cheeses.
There are many ways to do this including soaking in water, salt water, or honey water. My favorite way is to toss apple slices with a little bit of lemon juice.
Want more apple recipes? Try these:
Cranberry Apple Pie is a great twist on classic Apple Pie.
Looking for a savory apple recipe? You’ve got to try this Apple Sausage Stuffing.
This easy Apple Crisp is one of my all-time favorite apple desserts.
Note: This post was published in 2010. Updated in 2023 with new photos, nutrition information and a modified recipe.