Frisée Salad with Apples & Goat Cheese and Maple Vinaigrette

A hearty fall salad with frisee, apples, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a maple vinaigrette. The perfect accompaniment to any fall dinner!

It’s apple week on Nutrition à la Natalie! Really, not really. I still do have a ton of apple from our apple picking adventures, and I did just publish this Slow Cooker Apple Butter yesterday. But I’ve also had this salad on the brain for a while.

I’ve been wanting to introduce you guys to a heartier type of lettuce, known as frisée. Truth time: I bought this thinking it was escarole, then I did my research and realized it’s frisée, also known as curly endive or chicory. With so many names, it’s no wonder I was confused. Frisée, escarole and chicory are all part of the endive family, which are hearty leaves with a slightly bitter taste. The reason I used this type of lettuce for this salad is because it’s sturdy, so it pairs really well with a sweet and crisp apple and a soft goat cheese.

Plus, because it’s really curly, frisée grasps the maple vinaigrette really nicely. It also doesn’t get soggy! I highly recommend you try out this type of lettuce, but even if you opt for another crunchy lettuce, you can’t go wrong with the combination of apples, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds (I used candied one) and a maple vinaigrette. The recipe doesn’t call for candied pumpkin seeds, but their sweetness definitely balances out the bitterness of the lettuce. If you want to try them, look for them already made in Trader Joe’s.

5 from 3 votes

Frisée Salad with Apples & Goat Cheese

Course Salad
Keyword salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 side servings
Author Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD


  • 4 cup chopped frisée
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds


  • 1/4 cup neutral flavored oil like canola or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the frisée, apple slices, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and dijon mustard. Season with salt.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until evenly coated.

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This gorgeous fall salad is full of amazing flavor, like apples, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. Topped with a maple vinaigrette, you're going to want to pair this with EVERYTHING!

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    Tawnie Kroll
    October 10, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Omg that dressing is amazing!! My boyfriend is a picky salad dressing guy and he loved this one, thank you!

  • Reply
    October 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    This is such a delightful salad, the flavors in the dressing take it over the top!

  • Reply
    October 17, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Best fall salad! I cant get enough of this combo!

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    Liz Shaw
    October 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    5 stars
    Frise is such a fancy option! I must try

  • Reply
    October 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    5 stars
    Just made the dressing–it’s amaaaazing and so simple, can’t wait to toss it on the salad!

  • Reply
    Emily Kyle
    October 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    5 stars
    This vinaigrette is sooooooo good, my new favorite! It pairs perfectly with the creamy goat cheese!

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