Cersei’s Bitter Greens & Sour Apple Salad Inspired by Game of Thrones

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“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

– Cersei Lannister to Eddard Stark

What’s Up, Hungry People

As the premiere of Game of Thrones draws near, the excitement builds, and so does the anticipation for themed culinary delights that pay homage to the rich, tumultuous world of Westeros.

For those who’ve been living under a Casterly Rock and aren’t up to speed with Game of Thrones, consider this your gentle spoiler alert for the sixth season.

Cersei Lannister, a character as complex and formidable as they come, perfectly embodies the essence of bitterness and cunning. Her ascent to the throne is a testament to her ruthless ambition, promising a reign marked by fear and respect.

Despite her notoriety, Cersei’s royal lineage dictates nothing short of the finest culinary standards—for her and her kin. In a realm where power plays are as common as bread and wine, the symbolism in food cannot be understated.

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In the grand tradition of the Red Keep’s kitchens, the choice of the bitterest greens, accentuated with pine nuts, would serve to encapsulate Cersei’s essence on a plate. Yet, in true Cersei fashion, even a dish that so aptly captures her spirit might not spare the chefs from the wrath of the undead Mountain—her loyalty to vengeance overshadows even her appreciation for thematic irony.

As the battle lines are drawn and Cersei prepares to defend King’s Landing against Daenerys Targaryen’s onslaught, her resolve is clear. In her own words, “I choose violence.” This declaration is not just a stance but a statement of her readiness to go to any lengths to protect her power, her city, and her legacy.

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Source: Game of Thrones s6e10 Winds of Winter

Here’s What You Need:

  • Dark green spring salad mix: Provides a base of fresh, leafy greens for the salad.
  • Kale, chopped: Adds texture and a slightly bitter flavor to the salad.
  • Green apples, sliced thin: Contribute crispness and a tart-sweet taste to balance other flavors.
  • Dragon fruit, pink or white: Adds visual interest and a subtle, mellow flavor to the salad.
  • Pine nuts: Provide crunch and nuttiness, enhancing texture and flavor.
  • Aged balsamic vinegar: Offers a rich, tangy sweetness to the dressing.
  • Honey: Adds natural sweetness and balances the acidity of the balsamic vinegar.
  • Red pepper jelly: Infuses a hint of spice and sweetness to the dressing.
  • Lemon juice: Provides acidity and brightness to the dressing.
  • Olive oil: Helps emulsify the dressing and adds richness to the flavor profile.
mixing salad dressing in a jar

Let’s Cook

Prepare the Dressing:

Combine Ingredients: Grab a large jar and toss in the aged balsamic vinegar, honey, red pepper jelly, lemon juice, and olive oil.

Shake It Up: Secure the lid and give it a good shake until everything is thoroughly mixed together. Pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Assemble the Salad:

Mix Your Greens: Take that spring salad mix and toss it into a big ol’ salad bowl along with the chopped kale.

Add the Good Stuff: Now it’s time to layer on those flavors—throw in the pine nuts, thinly sliced green apples, and chopped dragon fruit.

Dress to Impress:

Drizzle & Toss: Pour about half of that delicious dressing over your salad and gently toss everything together until it’s all coated.

Serve & Enjoy: Dish it up onto plates and serve it immediately. If you want more dressing, keep it handy on the side for anyone who’s extra hungry.

shaken salad dressing in jar

At her zenith, it’s imaginable that Cersei would have the freshest produce fetched from the kingdom’s farthest reaches, insisting on salads that marry the robust flavors of aged balsamic, regal honey, and a tantalizing pepper jam vinaigrette. This interplay of sweet, sour, and spice mirrors the complexity of her character and her royal palate.

red dragon fruit next to salad

Adding an intriguing layer to this culinary concoction, dragon fruit—subtle yet significant—might serve as a nod to Cersei’s defiance against the looming threat of a rival queen. Its mild taste and unique texture complement the tartness of sour apples, chosen not just for their flavor but as a sly representation of Cersei’s sharp wit and colder aspects of her personality.

apples with dragon fruit in salad

Cersei probably would have loved the crisscross of bitterness and sweetness, but still had the cooks in the the kitchen killed by the zombie Mountain regardless for suggesting she is bitter at all.

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As a queen without shame, Cersei Lannister is certainly going to put up a fight to protect Kings Landing from Daenerys Targaryen – even if that means killing every peasant in it.

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“I choose violence.”

– Cersei Lannister to Lancel Lannister

In the realm of culinary creations inspired by Game of Thrones, Cersei’s Bitter Greens & Sour Apple Salad stands as a testament to the rich symbolism and complex characters that define the series. With a blend of bitter greens, tart apples, and exotic dragon fruit, this salad captures the essence of Cersei Lannister’s character—bitter yet intriguing, with layers of depth. As we eagerly await the unfolding drama of the upcoming season, let this recipe serve as a reminder of the intricate flavors and dynamics that make Game of Thrones a cultural phenomenon. So gather your ingredients, embrace your inner ruler, and savor each bite as you prepare to conquer your own culinary kingdom. After all, in the game of thrones—and in the kitchen—only the bold emerge victorious.

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Cersei’s Bitter Greens & Sour Apple Salad | Game of Thrones Inspired Recipes

The Starving Chef
Indulge in a flavorful salad inspired by Game of Thrones, featuring bitter greens, tart apples, and exotic dragon fruit.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Fictional Feasts
Cuisine Game of Thrones
Servings 4


  • 1 bag dark green spring salad mix
  • 1 cup kale chopped
  • 2 green apples sliced thin
  • 1 dragon fruit pink or white
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • In a large jar, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey, red pepper jelly, lemon juice, and olive oil. Shake vigorously until completely mixed together. Chill until ready to serve. Shake again prior to serving to ensure proper blending.
  • In a salad bowl, toss together the spring salad greens with the chopped kale. Top with pine nuts, slices of green apples, and chopped dragon fruit.
  • Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine all the ingredients.
  • Serve immediately with additional dressing on the side, if desired. Enjoy this flavorful salad fit for a queen—or a ruler ready to defend her kingdom!
Keyword dragon fruit, Game of Thrones, salad
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