Here’s an Apple Brie salad with pecans and fresh raspberries. A base of baby spinach leaves dressed with a sweet raspberry vinaigrette topped with sliced apples, cubed brie, pecans and fresh raspberries. Perfect either as a side dish or, why not, as a smaller main.
Salads with apples and pecans may sound like fall recipes, but such a salad can be a delightful meal option for the summer, too. In the end, any meal that is served cold, filled with fresh fruit and cheese is always a good option in the summer to me. Moreover, the addition of fresh raspberries and a raspberry vinaigrette gives this salad a summer touch.
Unless seasonality is an issue and ingredient availability is limited, I really recommend fresh raspberries in apple brie salad. They provide that tart bite, pair with the dressing, and make the salad look just gorgeous.
For detailed quantities see the recipe card at the bottom of this post. The recipe shows quantities in metrics, but you can convert them to the US system in the recipe card.
For best results I recommend using fresh raspberries, however if they are not available during the winter you can use frozen. Let them lightly thaw, but eat the salad before they are thawed completely or they may get mushy.
Apple brie salad with raspberries step by step
- Combine the raspberry jam, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt in a small jar. Close the lid tightly and shake for 15 seconds to emulsify and dissolve the salt. Pour the dressing through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds. Discard seeds.
- Add the baby spinach leaves to a bowl, pour the dressing over and toss to distribute.
- Top the salad with the pecans. Thinly slice the apple and place over the salad. Dice the brie and place in between apple slices. Lastly, top with fresh raspberries.
For best results, the salad should be assembled right before serving. If you need to make ahead, prep all the toppings, but keep separated until it’s time to serve. Keep in mind that some of the main ingredients are rather sensitive, so you may want to wait until the last minute to chop: apple slices brown and brie bits will stick back together.
Baby spinach leaves are quite sturdy and last dressed longer than other salad types like iceberg. However, particularly thin baby leaves may turn mushy after more than a day. For a crispy salad toss with the dressing earliest 2-3 hours before consumption.
Only dress the leaves and place the other ingredients on top. This salad has very flavourful toppings that don’t need to be tossed with the dressing. Making this salad is ridiculously easy! And the result is very pretty. A pretty side dish.
More salads with fruit
I love adding fruit to my chopped salads! Fruits are a great way to incorporate something sweet and colourful. Depending on what kind of veggies you’re using in your salad, there’s often a fruit or two you can add to the mix.
Here are some more recipes to inspire your next salads with fruits:
- Kale salad with peaches and grapes
- Strawberry and asparagus salad with halloumi
- Chicken pineapple salad with curry mayo
- Pear and blue cheese kale salad
- Fig and goat cheese salad
Apple Brie Salad with pecans and Raspberries
A baby spinach base dressed with raspberry vinaigrette and topped with fresh apple and raspberries, pecans and cubed brie cheese.
- 60 g baby spinach leaves
- 80 g brie cheese
- 1 apple
- 3 tbsp raspberry jam
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 50 g pecans
- 10 raspberries
Combine the raspberry jam, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt in a small jar. Close the lid tightly and shake for 15 seconds to emulsify and dissolve the salt. Pour the dressing through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds. Discard seeds.
Add the baby spinach leaves to a bowl, pour the dressing over and toss to distribute. Top the salad with the pecans. Thinly slice the apple and place over the salad. Dice the brie and place in between apple slices. Lastly, top with fresh raspberries.
The suggested serving size is intended if the salad is served as a side dish. As a main it will serve as 1 portion. Please notice that the nutritional information provided is made by an online calculator and meant to be used as a guideline only.