Honeycrisp Apple & Romaine Salad Recipe

Make this Honeycrisp Apple & Romaine Salad Recipe as a main course by adding grilled chicken, or serve it as a delicious and crisp side salad. Also includes an apple cider vinegar salad dressing recipe that is like the icing on a cake!

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Generally, I don’t especially enjoy my own salads. I love ordering salads in restaurants, (when we used to actually go to restaurants,) but generally my own salads aren’t my favorite thing to eat. However, I’ve discovered that when I use fresh chopped romaine hearts, my salads taste surprisingly good. I served this Honeycrisp Apple & Romaine Salad on Christmas Eve, and by the end of dinner, the entire bowl was gone! It tasted fresh, crisp, and so delicious. It’s the perfect side salad for literally any meal. 

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Apple & Romaine Salad Recipe Tips

  • The ingredients that make up this romaine salad recipe go together beautifully…but any of your favorite vegetables can be substituted. 
  • Good substitutions for the feta cheese are goat cheese or shredded parmesan.
  • Any kind of vegetable or salad oil can be substituted for the olive oil. If you prefer a milder taste, canola or safflower oil are good choices.
  • Simply add grilled chicken or shrimp to turn this side salad into a main course. This romaine salad recipe makes four generous side salad servings. It serves two people when used as a main course. 

romaine salad recipe with apple cider vinegar salad dressing

Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing: Fresh or Bottled?

Personally, I serve bottled salad dressing all the time. It’s convenient and very tasty. However, there is something about making a fresh dressing that takes a salad to the next level, because you can get the seasoning just right. The easiest from-scratch dressing to make is a vinaigrette. The ratio for making a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Some vinegars have a stronger taste than others, so consider this ratio a starting point, and always make your fresh vinaigrette to your own taste. My inspiration for this romaine salad recipe was a bottle of Private Selection Crisp Apple Honey Vinaigrette. (Private Selection is available at Kroger.) Other suggestions for bottled dressing are:

romaine salad recipe in bowl with apple cider vinegar salad dressing

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Honeycrisp Apple & Romaine Salad Recipe plus Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

Make this Honeycrisp Apple & Romaine Salad Recipe as a main course by adding grilled chicken, or serve it as a delicious and crisp side salad.
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4.95 from 17 votes
Servings: 4 side servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


For the Salad

  • 1 romaine heart, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber (I used an English cucumber)
  • 2 Campari tomatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Honeycrisp Apple, chopped

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate (Thaw before adding to jar.)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Prepare & chop the salad ingredients.
  • Place the romaine, cucumber, tomato, feta, and apples in a large bowl.
  • Place the salad bowl in the refrigerator while the dressing is made.
  • Put all the salad dressing ingredients in jar with a tight lid.
  • Shake well.
  • Drizzle the dressing on the salad, using your preferred amount.
  • Toss well.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2740IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. C Quiambao says:

    I really want to try this recipe. But I cannot find the frozen apple concentrate at my local grocery. Is there a substitute? And how should I adjust the measurement?

  2. 5 stars
    A delicious and refreshing salad. I did not have the apple juice concentrate on hand but substituted it with water and still turned out delicious. Also substituted Granny Smith apple for the honey crisp apple.

  3. I made the honey crisp salad his week and it was delicious!!! The dressing will be one of my go to’s!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anne Marie Gorman says:

    5 stars
    Loved the combination of ingredients. Added grilled chicken. It was delicious. Will definitely use it as one of my go to salads.

  5. Anne McNea says:

    Made this salad last night as a main course with extra romaine & it was delicious. Using bottled dressing made it extra easy. It’s going into regular dinner rotation.

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I tried it with slight modification in spices and it came out fabulous. Thanks you for your sharing this.

  7. Chris Brinson says:

    I love salads made with romaine! I have made one for years with pears and Swiss cheese that was a recipe of my mother in laws. It has a simple honey mustard vinegrette that does make it seem special. I am looking forward to trying this one! Thanks Ann!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this salad last night for a dinner party, and it was just amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this, it’s a keeper!

  9. 5 stars
    Made it last night Ann, it was delicious!

  10. Happy New Year, Ann! Thanks for this simple yet tasty recipe. We had it tonight with the addition of some chicken breast strips.

  11. Hena Tayeb says:

    Mmm this look great.. perfect for spring.

  12. Kathy Menold says:

    Can’t wait to give this salad a try. I made a salad for News Years day lunch that had Spring mix greens, mandarin orange slices, dried cranberries and candied pecans. .Made a honey mustard dressing and the salad was a huge hit. This is the time of year I crave salads and a little lighter eating after all the rich foods of Christmas.

  13. Wondering if anyone has tried it with a different variety of apple–specifically one that does not brown so that it does not have to be made at the last minute.

  14. Shirley Graham says:

    My granddaughter made this salad at Thanksgiving & I have made it since. Love it! The only thing we added is pecans. Really tasty!!!!

  15. Linda Johnston says:

    5 stars
    I used to make Good Seasoning Italian dressing with apple cider vinegar all the time. Thanks for the reminder. Plus, what a delicious combination!

  16. Looks yummy ! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  17. The apple salad recipe looks delicious! Happy New Year you and your family 🎉🤗💕

  18. Christine says:

    Hi Ann,
    Looks like a great salad. What do you mean by apple juice concentrate? Is that the frozen concentrate before it is mixed? Or is it the liquid apple juice from the bottle of apple juice made from concentrate?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Christine…yes it’s the frozen concentrate before it’s mixed. I’m sorry for the confusion. I edited the recipe so it’s clearer. Thank you!

  19. Judy Chastain says:

    5 stars
    This 5 star rating is actually for your Eggnog Bread recipe. We loved it! I’m now looking for the smaller loaf tins you recommended; it did take forever to bake in the regular loaf pan.

    I’m definitely planning to try this salad. I love fresh salads and generally, try to keep Romaine on hand. Thanks for all your great recipes and decorating tips.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much for the rating!

  20. Hi Ann, this looks great! Help me with the apple juice concentrate … is that frozen like other juices that you add water to for juice you’d drink? Or is it something else altogether? Google wasn’t very helpful. Thanks!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Shannon…yes it’s the frozen kind before it’s mixed. I edited the recipe and am sorry for the confusion!

  21. What a great recipe, I will try it today! I am the same. I labor and fuss over my salads. Everyone likes them, I don’t really. They are all right, but, not quite right. I think the addition of apple is the key here. I am sensitive to raw fruit but I will chop it tiny and eat just a bit. Thank you for a refreshing, new idea! Happy New Year!