Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

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An amazing fall salad with the best creamy poppyseed dressing that you will ever have!

Cranberry apple pecan salad on a white plate.

There is nothing that I love more then a mouthwatering salad. One that tastes so amazing that you crave it and can’t wait to make it again. This salad was just that. One of the best ones that I have had and it is screaming fall!

Ingredients for cranberry apple pecan salad.

The line up of this salad is all of my favorite things about fall. Dried Cranberries, pecans, apples, and feta cheese. Toss with some fresh spinach and you have one amazing salad. I used my favorite creamy poppyseed dressing from this Strawberry Avocado Salad. It is seriously the best dressing I have ever had. It glazes the salad perfectly. I am afraid of using anything else because everyone always raves how amazing it is. It complemented the salad perfectly and all of the flavors came together so amazing! I just couldn’t get enough of this salad. Make it for yourself and see how incredible it is! This is truly a 5 star salad!

Cranberry apple pecan salad in a white bowl.

Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

5 from 2 votes
An amazing fall salad with the best creamy poppyseed dressing that you will ever have!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 cup pecans coarsely chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Creamy Poppyseed Dressing:

  • cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds


  • In a large bowl, toss baby spinach, pecans, apples, feta cheese, and cranberries.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, cider vinegar, and poppyseeds. Pour over the salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve salad immediately and garnish with more feta cheese if desired.


Serves: 8

Calories263kcal (13%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein4g (8%)Fat19g (29%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol13mg (4%)Sodium185mg (8%)Potassium244mg (7%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar18g (20%)Vitamin A2072IU (41%)Vitamin C8mg (10%)Calcium98mg (10%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this salad! I add 1/2 red onion and top it with crunched garlic bagel chips. The flavor is amazing together!

  2. 5 stars
    Good salad. I substituted 2 TB Agave syrup for all the white sugar and a splash of OJ for a hint of citrus, and then added grilled chicken to it. Yummy lunch.

  3. This salad was amazing!! We added some bacon for another layer of flavor and used spring mix. There were 2 of us fighting over the last bit of it in the bowl. SO GOOD!! Definitely a keeper.

  4. Made this salad to go with our Thanksgiving dinner. It was EXCELLENT! I did skip the feta this time but with another menu, I’ll add it. I will be making this regularly. Thank you, Alyssa!

  5. I am wanting to make this salad for my son’s wedding reception. There are roughly 70 guests. Can you give me an idea on how the best way to calculate the amount of dressing I would need to make. And what would be the best way to preserve the apples for about 2 hrs to keep them from turning? Thanks for any advice you could give.

  6. We are loving this salad! I’ve been making it about once a week recently. I have been using the apples we have on hand even though the Granny Smiths would be delicious. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and the time you put into your blog.

  7. this salad was lovely !!! I’ve never used poppyseed dressing – store bought or home made – but it was really tasty and totally made the salad. I used Spring mix as I didn’t have baby spinach on hand. What a lovely combination of flavours. This recipe is going in my Favourites folder. Thank you for the recipe XO

    1. This was absolutely delicious! The dressing was my favorite and I will use it on other salads! Yum!!

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