Apple, Bacon and Goat Cheese Salad

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Apple, bacon and goat cheese salad with candied walnuts and homemade apple butter vinaigrette dressing.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
15 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
10 min
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
25 min
Recipe Servings



4 cups mixed greens

1 apple, cored and thinly sliced

4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

4 slices bacon, chopped


1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup walnuts


1/4 cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil


Cook the bacon in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat until crispy. Set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.  Drain the bacon fat from the pan and wipe clean with a paper towel. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Prepare the candied walnuts. Add the sugar and butter to the same skillet you cooked the bacon in, and let melt. Once it's mostly liquid, add the cinnamon and the walnuts, stirring carefully to coat. Cook until sugar is completely dissolved, and starting to caramelize - about 2 minutes more. Pour onto the lined baking sheet, flatten out into a single layer, and let cool. 

Prepare the dressing by whisking the apple butter and vinegar in a small bowl or measuring cup. Add the salt and pepper, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary. 

Assemble the salad by placing the greens in a large bowl.

Top with the sliced apples, crumbled goat cheese, bacon, and candied walnuts. Serve with dressing on the side.

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