Autumn Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

I’m sure by the title you assumed I was going to show you a beautiful Fall countryside or maybe some trees, but alas I’m not.  Instead I have this delicious Autumn Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette for you to ogle at. 

This crunchy salad is the perfect meal starter and the dressing has this really nice taste for a simple vinaigrette.  It’s a little a smokey, however no smokey spices went into its making.  Maybe it’s the small addition of sweet paprika or ground red pepper that gives it a special flavor.

This is a great way to use up those Granny Smith apples leftover from pie making.  You can even serve this up with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. 

I promise you will enjoy the kaleidescope of flavors here.

Let’s make it…

Here’s what you will need:  Extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, paprika, dry mustard, kosher salt, dried basil, ground red pepper, mixed salad greens, Asian pear, Granny Smith apple, red onion and crumbled goat cheese.  Ingredients not shown: Romaine lettuce.

In a bowl or mason jarcombine 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, pinch of dried basil and a pinch of ground red pepper.


Thinly slice 1/2 cup red onion.  Cube 2-1/2 cups Asian Pear and chop 2 cups Granny Smith apple.

Combine salad greens, romaine lettuce, Asian pear, apple and red onion in a large bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette, and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.

It doesn’t look like much but it’s very, very good.

Get your crunch on.  You will not be disappointed.

Autumn Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
Adapted from Cooking Light

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Pinch of dried basil
Pinch of ground red pepper
5 cups mixed salad greens
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
2-1/2 cups cubed Asian pear
2 cups chopped Granny Smith apple
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

In a bowl or mason jar, combine extra-virgin olive oil, red-wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, sweet paprika, dry mustard, Kosher salt, basil and ground red pepper.

Thinly slice red onion.  Cube Asian Pear and Granny Smith apple.

Combine salad greens, romaine lettuce, Asian pear, apple and red onion in a large bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette, and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.

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  1. that doesn’t look like much? looks positively scrumptious. If I ever get back to California I am coming to see you and I want a buffet.

  2. HoneyB 2

    This looks delicious and that last picture has me wanting one of your salads this early in the morning!

  3. tipper 3

    Yum!! I bet it would be good anytime-served with anything!

  4. Barbie with a T 4

    This is exactly what people need after stuffing themeselves with those big turkey meals, a light and colorful salad to go with the leftovers. Your photos are so very beautifully done. Thanks for the salad recipe. What a good way to finish off the holiday weekend. Thanks.

  5. Beautiful salad. I’m finally getting around to reading everyone’s T-day post. I’m glad you had a happy one and your wine advice was much appreciated.

  6. Oh my gawd…I haven’t had breakfast yet and I’m trying in vain not to lick my computer screen right now. That salad looks amazing. I love any kind of salad that has fruit and cheese in it. You cannot go wrong with those two ingredients. Ever. :)

  7. Kate 7

    Tonight, we’re having Cornish game hens. And this salad.

    Thank you!!!

  8. I LOVE a salad like this! Will have to try this dressing.

  9. Becky 9

    Thanks for sharing this, Cathy.
    I am always on the look out for something different as the same salad gets boring.

  10. I know I would enjoy all aspects of this salad Cathy…especially the addition of goat cheese:D

  11. That is what i need to eat for the rest of the year.

  12. Shirley 12

    That salad looks absolutely spectacular. Can’t wait to get the ingredients to make it!

  13. What a beautiful salad! I love the addition of pears and apples!

  14. shonda 14

    Every time you post one of these recipes, I want to find a time machine, travel back a decade or so, convince myself to be a lesbian, find you and convince you to be the same and then make you my bride so I can have the awesome and yummy lotto ticket your man landed when he wed you.

    I am going to have to stop coming here if my diet is ever going to be successful, dammit Cathy!

  15. I love salads w/ apples and pears in them–sounds and looks delicious!!

  16. ELRA 16

    Very appealing, and I am sure tastes good. I have prove that your recipes are delicious. Though, I don’t always photographing everything.

    Btw, I made the rice stuffed pumpkin for thanksgiving, but couldn’t take any photo (too busy cooking, and too many people around too). Also, I couldn’t find the small pumpkin, so I just made the filling. It was delicious, Cathy. You are truly talented and a good cook!

  17. Alisa 17

    My very favorite type of salad. Yum.

  18. yuhuhuhummy!

    i would probably throw in some dried cranberries for tartness and some kind of toasted nut. maybe pinenuts or walnuts . . .

    course, that’s probably like putting salt on food before tasting it. assuming you can make it even better before you know how fabulous it already is.

    so strke what i just said. i’m gonna trust that your gourmet cookin’ is most assuredly already better than my kraft macaroni makin’ ass can make it.

  19. Teri 19

    OH YUM! Yes! This looks so good! After all the carbs I ate for Thanksgiving this looks like a refreshing reprieve. I never thought of Sweet Paprika in my dressing! Love it!

    I agree with the comment above… toasted nuts of some kind. I’m always adding nuts to my salads. Crunchy!

  20. giz 20

    What do you mean it doesn’t look like much – that salad gets a total A+ rating from me.

  21. This salad is very noble, hold the pig. A wonderful find apres Turkey day. :D

  22. I enjoy seeing your different salads. Mine tend to be very boring. I have a salad almost everyday for lunch.

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

  23. dawn 23

    What a flavor combo there. This all goes together so perfectly.

  24. Looks great but just too much salad for the two of us.

  25. Kevin 25

    That dressing sounds tasty! Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. That salad’s just jumping off the screen — so beautiful, and really nice to include the fruits of the season.

  27. That looks wonderful! We’re just starting to get into salads.

  28. Suzette 28

    Whadya mean “it doesn’t look like much?” It looks amazing, and I’ll just bet it tastes amazing as well. Another one I’ll have to try!

  29. KathyB. 29

    We are so stuffed from this past few days of feasting, and the company just left. Here on your blog is the perfect tasty, but not too filling lunch Hubby and I are having tomorrow as we do some more Christmas decorating and resting. We actually still have lettuces growing in our vegetable garden that fit the bill for this recipe !

  30. Bunny 30

    I really like this Cathy! This doesn’t take any time at all to whip up!

  31. Leslie 31

    Now i need to eat this salad everyday for all 3 meal for about a year to undo what I did on Thanksgiving!

  32. pam 32

    That is a gorgeous salad! Fruit, greens. cheese, it has everything!

  33. Laura 33

    Wow the photos in this post were particularly gorgeous. I love salads like these (autumnal, fruity, goat cheese).

  34. Yum! I’d throw walnuts in it.

  35. nina 35

    A very interesting salad dressing, I’ll have to try it soon!!! Goat’s cheese always gets my attention when used in a recipe!

  36. Heather 36

    What a great salad! I love apples in salad.

  37. Shoot! I was going to make the poached pear salad from a few weeks ago for our holiday party, but now you’ve gone and confused me!!!

  38. Joanna 38

    Dumb question, since you are a wine connoisseur. why would you use red wine vinegar in a recipe rather than a red wine that you like to drink?

  39. Cathy 39

    The acidity of red-wine vinegar cannot be found in red wine.  It would be a completely different taste and very blah.

  40. katie 40

    God a salad sounds sooo good right now!

  41. I am doing detox salad week.
    This is on my list!

  42. peabody 42

    What a gorgeous Fall salad!

  43. Pam 43

    What a beautiful salad… Great colors and flavors.

  44. grace 44

    is it still autumn? feels like winter to me. sigh.
    great salad, fantastic dressing. :)

  45. Oh gosh….thanks for the inspiration…I was almost reduced to giving away coupons of hugs, and expect all my friends to hate me forever hehe

    you had me at the first gold snowflake.


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