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Arugula, Apples & Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette

5 stars based on 5 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

    This salad dressing is the first homemade dressing I’ve loved for a very long time. It is so delicious that a few hours after dinner, I was thinking about how I’d like to use it in my lunch the next day. Combining it with the softly crisp, lightly sweet Fuji apple slices; the mildly bitter baby arugula; the gently crumbling, salty Manchego; and the smooth crunch of the sliced almonds is … well, heavenly. I will be making this many more times!

    - Marie-Jeanne on February 1, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you ! Perfect for Advent Social of Knights of Columbus , was enjoyed by all not drop left !!!
    Was not easy task this afternoon to cook two roast beef to the sounds of loud Army- Navy game , the recipe for this lovely salad which I increased for 40 people and served in giant antique punch bowl , well I thank you again St Marys and St,Joseph’s Parish Old Town Alexandria enjoyed to the last drop !!! Oh and thanks to our Valentino at whole foods who always advises so well !!!

    - Angela L.Burns on December 10, 2016 Reply
  • This is one of my favorite recipes and I often bring it to pot-lucks: easy to double!
    Depending on the time of year (and if they are ripe) I have substituted pears for the apples and for an added kick, have thrown in some candied walnuts.
    Delicious no matter what!

    - laurie graham on October 6, 2016 Reply
  • Fantastic salad! I love how light the dressing is, let’s all the flavours come through. I’ve tried three of your salads so far and loved them all!

    - Dani on July 27, 2016 Reply
  • Can I use other lettuces than arugula?

    - Nancy on July 4, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Nancy, while spinach lacks the peppery flavor that arugula has, it would be a good substitute. Watercress would also work well here. Hope you enjoy the salad!

      - Jenn on July 4, 2016 Reply
  • Hi! Would roasted walnut oil or olive oil work for the dressing?

    - Lori on May 29, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Lori, vegetable oil is very mild tasting so I think that’s the best choice for this dressing. Using olive or walnut oil would give it a slightly different flavor, but still enjoyable, I’m sure.

      - Jenn on May 29, 2016 Reply
  • 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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