Greens Dressed with Apples and Pine Nuts

“Cersei set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts.” -A Clash of Kings

Apple Salad w/Pine Nuts, Chevre, and Greens | Inn at the Crossroads

Greens w/Apples & Pine Nuts



I had been putting off many of the salad recipes for lack of inspiration, but no more. This is a terrific salad! The apple slices are the star of the dish, but wouldn’t be nearly as amazing without the cheese and dressing. Creamy cheese between bites of crunchy apple, tangy dressing over soft pine nuts and pomegranate seeds bursting with color: the whole dish is a textural and taste powerhouse that’s as delicious as it is healthy. How could it get any better?

Recipe for Apple Salad with Greens

Makes 2 salads, but is easy to size up

Cook’s Notes: I recommend cutting into the stack of apples and slicing off bite-sized pieces to eat with the greens. 

apple salad elements


  • 2 apples, different colors
  • ~2 cups decorative greens (I prefer mache, or lamb’s ear lettuce)
  • 2-4 Tbs. crumbly cheese, such as feta, chevre, or blue (abt. 1-2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • 3 Tbs. honey, warmed
  • 2 tsp. balsamic
  • pinch of ground grains of paradise or cracked pepper

Slice the apples into rounds about 1/4″ thin, or thinner, cutting out the seeds and core when needed. Stack these, alternating colors, and sprinkling a little cheese in between. Top with a bit of cheese, a sprinkle of nuts and pomegranate seeds, and arrange the whole thing on a bed of greens.

Combine the honey and balsamic, stirring or shaking vigorously to combine, then pour over the salads. Sprinkle the pepper over, and serve.

Healthy Apple Salad closeup | Inn at the Crossroads

7 thoughts on “Greens Dressed with Apples and Pine Nuts”

  1. Paschendale says:

    It certainly looks tasty!

  2. Jordan Isaac Koplowicz says:

    Two thoughts:
    (1) You need this:
    (2) Where’s the recipe for creamy chestnut soup???

    (I love your blog. Keep up the good work!)

  3. Kathy Duffy says:

    I second the Creamy Chestnut Soup request

  4. nolaorbust11 says:

    Is it OK to brag that I was one of the ones who got to eat this beautiful and tasty creation? It was lovely and unique, in flavor and presentation.

  5. Susan says:

    This is such a beautifully presented salad!

  6. Melissa says:

    This looks delicious…I’m going to have to try it. Along with creamy chestnut soup…found a recipe I’m planning on trying!

  7. Kate says:

    I made this last night for a Game of Thrones party and it was delicious! I used red delicious and granny smith apples, feta cheese and sunflower seeds, and it turned out beautifully. Even my husband who hates salads loved it. Thanks again for another great recipe!

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