Rainbow Apple Salad Recipe

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I’ve had a few questions about the Rainbow Apple Salad I included in my menu last week, so I thought I would share the recipe.

Inspired by Debbi’s recipe for Broccoli Apple Slaw, I threw together a salad after seeing a bag of Rainbow Salad at Wegmans. I have really been enjoying the salad for lunches during the week. The recipe keeps evolving, but this is what I’m enjoying right now.

Rainbow Apple Salad


  • 6-8 Cups Shredded, or julienned, Vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage and carrots (I purchase a 10 oz. bag of Wegman’s Rainbow Salad and add some matchstick carrots.)
  • 2 large crisp and sweet apples, cored and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup Poppyseed dressing (Read the ingredients to make sure it’s gluten-free or try my recipe for Honey Poppyseed Dressing.)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped nuts or sunflower seeds (optional)


  1. Combine the vegetables, apples, and cranberries.
  2. Pour the dressing on the salad, and toss to evenly coat the salad.
  3. If desired, sprinkle nuts or sunflower seeds on top.
Additional Notes:
  • This makes a salad large enough to share — about 8 servings.
  • It’s great as a side salad, too. Serve with Pulled Pork Sandwiches or a simple grilled chicken breast.

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Categories : Recipes, Salads



Yum! I make a similar one. Which reminds me, my mom used to make a poppyseed dressing that I loved as a kid. I need to ask her for that recipe.


yum! Those sunflower seeds would be the perfect crunch for this salad :)


This salad looks fantastic and seems like it would be the perfect healthy lunch!


Awesome recipe! I wanted to try it, but can’t eat fresh apples (yet another diet complication…) I substituted grapes for the apples and it was excellent that way too. The grapes were the big white ones that I cut in half just to get to bite size. They provided a similar sweetness that worked really well with the poppyseed dressing and nice fresh vegetables.

This salad made for an excellent side to a rotisserie chicken lunch on a warm Florida weekend afternoon!!


GF in FL – Thanks for sharing your recipe modification. Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it. :)


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