Apple, Bacon, & Goat Cheese Salad

Nothing beats a really good salad in the summertime. Whether it’s a simple Greek salad with grilled chicken – or something a little fancier like this apple, bacon, and goat cheese salad…they always go over well with our family after spending a day outside in the hot summer sun!

Crispy smokey bacon, crunchy apples, tangy goat cheese, candied walnuts – and the pièce de résistance, a delicious apple butter vinaigrette. I think it may be my new favorite salad dressing!

Musselman's Apple Butter

First off, it acted as an awesome emulsifier – it truly was the perfect consistency for a dressing. It also added wonderful flavor. The sweet and spicy notes in the apple butter really worked well with the salad, and combined with apple cider vinegar – there was definitely a ton of apple flavor going on.

I think the recipe for the dressing would also be an amazing marinade for chicken or pork. Looking forward to trying that soon, will report back! In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful salad.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the good folks at Musselman’s Apple Butter. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



  1. Posted July 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

    What a champion salad—–and the dressing, my dear, is inspired. I love it.

  2. Posted July 10, 2015 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

    This looks like a great, refreshing salad! I love the addition of candied walnuts – nuts in salads are always my favorite!

  3. Posted February 20, 2018 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Fantastic! I loved this salad; it’s delicious and so easy to make. Thank you!


    • Posted February 21, 2018 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment, Kate! Glad you enjoyed it. 😀

  4. Jackie
    Posted July 31, 2018 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

    Don’t the apples turn brown?

    • Posted July 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

      They can, if you let them sit too long. If you’re concerned, mix a squeeze of lemon juice and 1/2 cup water and soak the apples first.

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