Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon

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I have to admit that some folks will likely balk at the combination of ingredients in this salad but trust me, it works!  I wanted to create a salad with the colors of Fall and something a little quirky – and I think this is it.  Aren’t you tired of eating the same old things?  You’ve got to give your taste buds a jolt now and then – it’s good for you!

When you look at the list of ingredients you’ll have to agree that each item complements the other.  After all, salmon goes with apples – right?  Grapes go with apples – right?  Grapes baked on salmon is fantastic – trust me – it is!  So why not combine them all for a taste explosion in your mouth! I was out at Barrie Hill Farms last weekend and picked up these delicious Mutsu apples.  They are perfect for salads because they have a fresh, crisp, sharp taste that works well in thin slices.  They’re great to eat just as is, too.  They had a beautiful selection and I wanted to bring home bushels to drop off to friends and family to make apple pies.  I really need to learn how to bake!

Autumn Salad

They had some great decorating ideas for Thanksgiving this weekend as well!  Because Canadian Thanksgiving falls before Halloween, we often use pumpkins on our tablescapes.

Autumn Salad

As always, the dill and chives in this salad really pack a punch and the toasted pumpkin seeds add some crunch along with the celery.  The dressing is very simple and I would recommend doubling up on it because I think you’ll like it on garden salads as well.

I thought the radicchio added some richness in color and flavor and you’ll want to toss in the leaves from the celery as well because they’re full of good nutrients.

I used globe grapes because they have that nice round shape and make a better presentation.  Besides, they’re super juicy right now and delicious! I even tossed a little feta cheese on it when I made it again the next day.

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 Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadian readers.  I hope you can take the time to enjoy friends and family over the holidays and not be ‘too’ tied to the stove!  If you’d like to send me pics of your Thanksgiving dinners, I would love to share them!  Cheers!

This recipe was featured:

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Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 4
  • 2 cups fresh greens, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup radicchio leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1 mutsu apple (or your choice), cored, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of grapes, washed and cut in half
  • 6 oz smoked salmon, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 ounces of crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • Dressing
  • 5 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives and dill
  1. Simply mix ingredients together for salad, tossing gently.
  1. Mix all ingredients together, except fresh herbs. Stir well and add herbs just before serving.


  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    October 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hello robyn! I think all of these ingredients go well together…I have put them togethrt before, and the combination of crunch and richness of the salmon is so addictive! Have a lovely evening

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods
    October 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious! I get in a rut and eat the same things over and over, so this would be a wonderful change. Love the salmon
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    October 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Now this sounds delightful! Salmon is one kind of fish I truly enjoy and apples always make food tastier 🙂 Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. Happy weekend to you!
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    pam (sidewalk shoes)
    October 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I love when all the ingredients come together like this! It sound yummy!
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    October 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Robyn, love, love this salad, it’s got everything, the sweet, savory and spicy.
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    October 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love this unique recipe. Looks so tempting and tasty. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Twitted & pinned.
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    October 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I love the ingredients in this salad – how inventive! A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Robyn – enjoy the food and family time.
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    Bam's Kitchen
    October 11, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Happy Early Thanksgiving to you Robyn! I think I would just love this salad and it is so healthy for you. Actually I serve fruit salsa on top of salmon very often so your salad seems like a perfect mix of autumn flavours. So many fun things going on at Barrie Hill Farms!
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    October 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Hello Robyn, such a very unique salad with flavors you wouldn’t think work. Salmon is always a welcome food. I bet the crunch is great! leave it to you to come up with something so different, healthy and tasty. Still recovering…low motivation and a pain near my hip….LOL This getting older is challenging. Lots of love from WW.
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    October 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    What a creative salad, and I think it looks great. Plus I love smoked salmon!! Thanks so linking it up with us at Foodie Fridays…I will be sharing it on my Facebook page later today. 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
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    Miz Helen
    October 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    How do you do it, I always want everything you make, it looks so good. I would just love this salad with the smoked salmon. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous day!
    Hope to see you soon,
    Miz Helen
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    October 15, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I’d have to replace the salmon with something else, but I love all the other flavor combinations of this salad. Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriday! Come back this week to see if you were featured and to link up more tasty recipes.

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    October 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I choose your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays Blog hop that goes live tonight @7 pm EST. Thanks so much for being part of Real Food Fridays and sharing with us.
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    Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    October 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I often have smoked salmon left from bagels this is a wonderful use for it. Pinned. Thanks for bringing it by Weekend Bites.

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    October 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    These flavors are different, but they all work together. I really like sweet with smoked salmon. Thanks for sharing this with us at Let’s Get Real Link Party. I hope you’ll join us again this week.
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    October 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Robyn, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you! I wish ours came before Halloween, it always seems to get sort of over looked between Halloween and Christmas. Your salad is really awesome sounding. I love salmon and how fun it would be to try it this way. I’m featuring it this week. I re-entered my email address, it’s looks like I typo-ed it last time. I think it will work now. Have a blessed week, Mary

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    October 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Wow, the salad uses a lot of bold ingredients! Grapes and smoked salmon? What an interesting combination, but sounds totally delicious!
    A small question about the dressing. What type of honey did you use? Last time I used a date honey in a salad dressing and the flavor came out strange. The honey was great on yogurt, but I figured maybe I should get another mild one for salad.
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      October 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Hi Maggie,

      It is raw comb honey. To be honest, I haven’t used any others. I am a honey novice, lol. Thanks for your kind words and visit 🙂
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    October 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Hello cute lady! This looks so good. Pinned. We couldn’t think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
    October 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    What a beautiful salad!
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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow
    October 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Mmmm. Salad has never sounded so delicious! And this one’s perfect for fall. I want to take a bite of that SOOO bad! 🙂
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