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Dried Cranberry, Walnut and Apple Salad

| 02/11/2015 | Reply

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.

vegan feta with dried cranberries and walnuts salad

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.

Enjoy!

Dried Cranberry, Walnut and Apple Salad
 
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Crisp juicy apples, dried cranberries, vegan feta cheese, and Omega-3 heart healthy walnuts come together in a delicious and beautiful looking salad. Eat it alone for a nutritious but light lunch, or as a side dish with your main course.
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Recipe Type: Salads
Cuisine: Vegan
Number Servings: 6
What You Need
  • 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
Salad Dressing Option #1
  • 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
Salad Dressing Option #2
  • 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)
How to Do It
  1. Core and chop apples (thin slices or ½" chunks).
  2. Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, vegan feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together all dressing ingredients.
  4. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!
For Dressings
  1. Add all ingredients to blender in order shown (to prevent unnecessary sticking of ingredients to bottoms and sides of blender).
  2. Blend on high for about 45 seconds or so until fully blended.
Extras
Easily double or triple this recipe if making it for a crowd.

 

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