Apple-Feta Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette


Do you remember my new favorite fall salad I posted a few weeks ago? Well, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I love that salad so I decided to make it into a main dish (rather than just a side) so I switched it up a little. How do you turn a salad into a main entree? Add a protein, so I went with chicken and bacon of course. I also swapped out pears from that salad for apples and added Feta cheese instead of Parmesan cheese. Feta pairs perfectly with bacon and apples (try this and you’ll see what I mean).

Apple-Feta Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking Classy

This is a highly delicious salad that is perfect for busy weeknights. I pan fried the chicken (you can follow the link in the recipe to see how), I cooked the bacon in the microwave (I only do it this way in a hurry, but it works just fine), and toasted the nuts in a skillet so this meal was ready in 30 minutes (and most of that 30 minutes was time it took for the chicken to cook). The simple balsamic vinaigrette even comes together in basically a minute, thanks to that kitchen blender I couldn’t live without.

I think I’d be more than happy to have this salad for dinner every single day :). It’s simply delicious! Enjoy!


Apple-Feta Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking Classy

Apple-Feta Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette | Cooking Classy


Chicken Apple Bacon Walnut Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: About 4 servings



  • 1 3/4 lbs cooked chicken breasts , diced into strips* (about 3 chicken breasts)
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked and diced
  • 3 medium apples , sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped , toasted or candied walnuts
  • 7 - 9 oz spring mix & spinach lettuce blend
  • 6 oz crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped shallot
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  1. Layer all salad ingredients into individual salad bowls or over plates. Serve drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.
  2. For the balsamic vinaigrette:
  3. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and finely diced shallot to a blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste and blend mixture until well emulsified and thickened slightly. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  4. *To cook the chicken I like this recipe from The Kitchn - only I cooked mine longer as I had thick chicken breasts. I also omitted the optional herbs and used a little garlic powder instead.
  5. Recipe Source: inspired by this salad recipe I posted here


  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: This is definitely my ideal Thanksgiving salad, Jaclyn! It looks beautiful and has so many great sweet-salty and tangy flavor combinations. Great job! November 20, 2013 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Nichole @ Green Cuisine Queen: I’m vegetarian, but I absolutely love apples, feta, and walnuts! I’d double the nuts and add in some veggies :) The dressing sounds delicious! November 20, 2013 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely: Ok, this salad is exactly what I’m craving for lunch right now. All the flavors sound great together! November 22, 2013 at 11:01am Reply

  • Emily: This looks like a really delicious salad! I’m browsing through lots of your recipes this morning and I love what I’m seeing. I’m excited to try out many of your recipes in the future. Thanks! November 25, 2013 at 9:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love what you try Emily! November 25, 2013 at 7:53pm Reply

  • Htet Htet: Looks delicious. Colorful. Yummy. September 8, 2014 at 1:27am Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I made this salad last night for company, and it was wonderful! We all liked it a lot. I can’t wait to have it again. The dressing was perfect for all the ingredients in the salad. Thanks so much, Jaclyn! September 15, 2014 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Shari! I’m glad you all liked it! Thanks for another comment, you’re the best :)! September 15, 2014 at 10:01pm Reply

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  • Laura: I made this for dinner last night. My family loved it! Super yummy. Thanks for the recipe. February 1, 2015 at 12:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you family liked it Laura! Thanks for leaving a comment! February 5, 2015 at 6:11pm Reply

  • Moses malano: It so deliciouse food. July 21, 2015 at 11:07am Reply

  • Rubi: Jaclyn, I just made this salad for dinner, it tastes amazing! My husband and I absolutely love it. Your recipes are the best! Thanks. May 16, 2016 at 6:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you like my recipes Rubi! Thanks for letting me know :)! May 16, 2016 at 11:57pm Reply

  • Rhea: Made this salad tonight for dinner. Great for a hot summer night and easy to make. July 23, 2016 at 4:19pm Reply

  • TrishE: Making this tonite… second time since I came across this recipe several months ago. Both hubby and I quite like it. It’s got bacon! It’s quick easy and tasty! March 4, 2017 at 5:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Trish! March 27, 2017 at 11:54am Reply

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