Arugula, Apples & Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette

5 stars based on 3 votes


All I can tell you about this salad is that I made half the recipe the other day to photograph it for Serious Eats and I ate the entire thing standing at my kitchen counter at 10:30AM. Definitely not my proudest moment but delicious nonetheless!

Arugula, Apples & Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette

Servings: 4


For the Salad

  • 5 ounces arugula or baby arugula
  • 1 crisp apple, such as Fuji or Honeycrisp
  • 3-1/2 ounces Manchego, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted if desired

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots, from 1 shallot
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Make the vinaigrette by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place the arugula in a serving bowl. Whisk the vinaigrette again until well combined, then add to the salad, little by little, until the greens are well dressed; you may have a little left over. Right before serving, cut the apple into thin slices and toss into the salad along with the Manchego and almonds. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve immediately.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    Another very tasty salad! Love the flavor combinations.

    - Mary Brandt on February 27, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was wonderful & a great combo of tastes, sweet apples, salty cheese and peppery greens!

    - Mary on January 31, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This has become my go to dressing. Love it! I wish that I understood dressing ratios better, for oils, vinegar, mustards, citruses, etc. I do not usually have shallots or fresh herbs on hand, so I substituted with onion powder.

    - Elizabeth on November 29, 2015 Reply
  • I have been loving this recipe lately. And as commented above, delish with winter pears and cranberries. Keep these coming, all are favs in our house!

    - Bethy on March 12, 2013 Reply
  • My family loves this salad. I add dried cranberries and it is delicious!

    - Amy on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This salad dressing is actually how I got my kids to eat salad! They absolutely love it! I make it 4 times a week. Instead of almonds I substitute candied walnuts or pecans!

    - Ashley N on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Amazing, enough said!

    - Pauline on January 10, 2013 Reply
  • This salad is asked for over and over at my house. It is the favorite, hands down. The dressing, apples and cheese go great together.

    - Gayle Snyder on May 18, 2012 Reply
  • What a beautiful website…very classy. And the recipes look fantastic!

    - Allyson on March 11, 2012 Reply
    • Thank you, Allyson!

      - Jenn on March 11, 2012 Reply
  • Made this the other night after an intense cycling workout, and I have to confess, I ate the whole flipping recipe, 5 oz of arugula, the juicy Fuji apple, the crunch of the toasted almonds, and that cheese…sweet Jesus it was good!!!!!!!!

    - Charmie on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • Superb salad. Also very tasty if you have ripe pears (instead of apples

    - Laurie g on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • This is now my favorite salad!! The flavors are sooooo good together!! Nom Nom. Nom……

    - Charmie on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • Arugula and manchego cheese are two of my favorite foods. This was the first time I had them combined. Wonderful!

    - Lisa on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This salad inspired me to begin making my own dressings. Love the shallots and manchego combination.

    - Kelsey Quane on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Love this salad. I’ve made it several times. Once when I was out of manchego cheese, I used parmigiano reggiano – that was good, too.

    - Jane Palmer on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • made this last night and i can’t wait to finish it off tonight!! love the combination of sweet and tangy and yummy!! delish! and i love the new website, so easy to find your wonderful recipes! bravo!!

    - beth on January 14, 2012 Reply
  • This salad is fabulous – as are so many of your recipes.

    - jane Palmer on November 3, 2011 Reply
  • This salad is great! It will be in my repertoire going forward. Thank you.

    - jane Palmer on November 1, 2011 Reply

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