You can buy versions of this salad at grocery stores in single packages ready to go, or in packages of four at Costco or Sam’s Club. How do I know? Because my lazy ass buys them at least once a month. The one I get at Costco comes in a gigantic bag with creamy poppy seed dressing that is really tasty – I add chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and sometimes blueberries or pomegranate seeds.
I struggle to eat enough salads every week because I don’t really like all that washing and chopping required. However, I will happily eat salads three times per day if they’re already made, or someone else makes them.
But hey, I’m trying to change my evil ways. I’ve been working on some new salad dressings based on fresh fruit, but this recipe is for a fabulous salad that has been amped up with fresh apple chunks and vegan feta cheese.
- 6 cups greens (combination of arugula, baby kale, baby spinach, or spring mix)
- 1 red apple
- 1 green apple
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup crumbled vegan feta cheese
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup apple juice
- 4 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons raw Blue agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
- ¼ cup oil
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¾ to 1 cup vegan mayonnaise (adjust for desired thickness)
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar (or granulated sugar); adjust amount to taste
- 2 Tablespoons white wine or Balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds (to taste)
- Core and chop apples (thin slices or ½" chunks).
- Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, vegan feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients.
- Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!
- Add all ingredients to blender in order shown (to prevent unnecessary sticking of ingredients to bottoms and sides of blender).
- Blend on high for about 45 seconds or so until fully blended.
Category: Light Meals