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Vegan Apple Walnut Salad Recipe with Dijon Vinaigrette

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This vegan apple walnut salad is a great lunch or dinner salad or main dish. Full of plant protein and fresh crisp veggies!  This is a great salad any time of the year, and requires no cooking. 

Have a hearty salad (packed with protein) on the table in under 10 minutes. This delicious salad is vegan, gluten free, and easy to meal prep!

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I love bright & fresh salads all year round, and this awesome vegan apple walnut salad is a treat for any season. The sweet crunchy apples and chickpeas pair so well with the chopped greens and soft walnuts.

This is a great salad to bring to a party, pot luck, or BBQ.  And its vegan and gluten free,  so everyone at the table will be able to dig in.

This Vegan Apple Walnut Salad Is

  • Bright
  • Crisp
  • Refreshing
  • Packed with Flavor
  • Versatile
  • Sweet and tangy
  • Satisfying
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
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Make This Apple Walnut Salad Vegan for the Perfect Starter

This vegan apple walnut salad is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegan cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right.

By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegan recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and tastyrecipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

The vinaigrette really makes the salad pop. You can use either maple syrup or agave to sweeten this dressing naturally without using granulated sugar.  The tangy dressing is so good with the apples and walnuts, each bite is an absolute treat!

What’s In This Easy Apple Walnut Salad Recipe?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Apple, Cabbage, Celery, Parsley
  • No-Salt-Added Chickpeas: for some plant protein and a great addition to the salad.
  • Walnuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: I use apple cider vinegar to give this dressing a bright and fresh flavor!  I’d recommend using an organic variety “with the mother.”
  • Dijon Mustard: or whole grain
  • Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
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All the dressing ingredients come right from the pantry, making this dressing a fantastic pantry staple recipe!  I wrote a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staple ingredients which I use on a daily basis! I’ve been especially relying on pantry staples now that I don’t make so many trips to the grocery store.

How Do I Make This Vegan Apple Salad with Walnuts?

This salad comes together in 10 minutes, requires no cooking, and couldn’t be easier to assemble!

  1. In a large bowl, add the apple, cabbage, celery, chickpeas, parsley, and walnuts.
  2. To a mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients. Seal with airtight lid and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss well to combine. Enjoy!

A Great Vegan Holiday or Thanksgiving Salad Recipe

This apple walnut salad is a fantastic recipe for the holidays – add it to your Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Hanukah table and enjoy.  This will be one crowd pleaser salad recipe everyone will love.  And this simple make-ahead salad are fantastic to prep ahead of time.

If you’re bringing this to a holiday potluck or family feast, check out my Thanksgiving hostess gift guide, or Holiday Christmas Hostess Guide for a thoughtful & affordable gift for your host.

More Vegan Fall Salad Recipes You’ll Love!

Vegan Chopped Chickpea Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free)

Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette (Vegetarian, GF, Vegan Option)

Thai Quinoa Cabbage Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Summer Side Dish)

Pot Luck Greek Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free, Party Recipe)

& a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staple Ingredients that I keep in my cupboards!

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Vegan Apple Walnut Salad

This vegan apple walnut salad is a great lunch or dinner salad or main dish. Full of plant protein, creamy dressing, and fresh crisp veggies!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 14-ounce can No-Salt-Added Chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the Sweet Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the apple, cabbage, celery, chickpeas, spinach, and walnuts.
  • To a mason jar, add all the dressing ingredients. Seal with airtight lid and shake well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss well to combine. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 58mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 924IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was very good. I added 1/2 brown rice and 1/2 white to bulk it up and doubled the dressing plus added a few more of the other ingredients. Thanks for the recipe.

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