Throwback Thursday, Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette

This wonderful salad has a little bit of everything

Sweet, savory, crunchy, tangy, plus healthy greens!

Topped with an easy to make Cinnamon Shallot vinaigrette

Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together in a jar

Add the diced shallots and it’s done!

Now all you have to do is place your greens in a bowl

Place the toppings on the greens in sections for a pretty presentation

When you’re ready to eat, add dressing, toss and enjoy!

Note:  I like to make the dressing earlier in the day and refrigerate for several hours to blend flavors, then let it sit out for a little while so it’s not icy cold

Variations and substitutions:

substitute or add cooked chicken or sliced turkey, ham for the bacon

substitute white cheddar, gouda, or feta for blue cheese

use pomegranate seeds instead of cranberries

use roasted Pepita seeds instead of sunflower seeds

Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2



  • 6-8 cups mixed salad greens like spinach, kale, and chard
  • 1/2 Honeycrisp apple sliced or diced
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple sliced or diced
  • 1/2 cup pecans {I used honey glazed}
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds {I used dry roasted}
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries {I used reduced sugar Craisins}
  • 2 oz. crumbled bleu cheese {or substitute white cheddar cubed or grated}
  • 2-3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup red grapes cut in half

Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a jar. Shake to combine. Refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving if desired.
  • Place greens in a large bowl or 2 individual bowls. Arrange ingredients on top. When ready to serve add dressing and toss.
Keyword apple salad, cinnamon vinaigrette, fall harvest salad

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29 Responses to “Throwback Thursday, Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette”
  1. Jenna, your salad recipe would make for a wonderful dinner tonight. It is a day that I would enjoy the freshness and crispiness of a salad. Wishing you wonderful Thursday!

  2. Angie Schneider says:

    Blue cheese, bacon, seeds and fruit…this salad is calling my name, Jenna.

  3. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this salad looks yummy! I may be making this very soon. Caroline is coming home today for Thanksgiving break, and I know that she would love this. Wishing you a beautiful day ahead!

  4. Kari says:

    Yummy Jenna….can’t wait to try this! thanks for your delish recipes. Hugs my friend

  5. I love the addition of cinnamon in the dressing, perfect for fall and winter:@)

  6. thefrenchhutch says:

    This sounds and certainly looks delicious! I love salads and especially one with bacon! Thanks for sharing this one…….

  7. lulu says:

    Your salad does indeed have everything which makes it a perfect simple meal. The salad dressing sounds very tasty so I’m going to stir some up,tomorrow.

  8. This is a beautiful salad, Jenna. And the dressing sounds very interesting, with the cinnamon. I’d not thought of that before and it would be very good with the apples and such.

  9. Nancy says:

    This is a dinner for this week! Yum!
    Thank you Jenna!

  10. lghiggins says:

    Such delicious ingredients and they make a beautiful salad.

  11. Looks so similar to the Autumn salad I make. I use Feta cheese and Poppy seed dressing. I love the changes.

  12. Shannon says:

    I love salad. This sounds great, especially the dressing. Will try soon. Pinned.

  13. Mary says:

    Such a wonderful medley of flavors and so pretty too! ♥

  14. Kitty says:

    I have a salad at lunch everyday (so I can have dessert!), and this sounds fabulous, Jenna. I like the sound of the dressing with cinnamon…yum!

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