on january: green apple and celery salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette

apple salad with celery | everybody likes sandwiches

Vancouver is covered in fog which is my favourite part about winter in this neck of the woods. Everything is quiet and beautiful with just a hint of a Scooby Doo mystery in the dark. The downtown towers disappear and the mountains have been erased from my view. The world seems small and manageable.

apple salad with celery | everybody likes sandwiches

Small and manageable are good things, especially in January. This salad is a good example. There’s not much too it, but it seems a bit unusual. Celery and apple? Sure thing! The dijon mustard in the vinaigrette is strong but mellowed a bit by the sweetness of the agave syrup (or honey, if you wish). A handful of toasted walnuts gets sprinkled over top to add richness. Everything is crunchy, crispy and bright.

apple salad with celery | everybody likes sandwiches

While, this would be a lovely companion to some braised chicken or roasted pork, I served this over some brown rice and some roasted delicata squash. This crunchy and refreshing salad added a spark to this simple and healthy meal. Small, manageable and delicious.

apple salad with celery | everybody likes sandwiches

green apple and celery salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette
(adapted from Bon Appétit)

2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T Dijon mustard
1 T agave syrup (or honey)
3-4 T extra-virgin olive oil
4 large stalks of celery, with leaves if possible
1 large Granny Smith apple,quartered, cored & thinly sliced
1 scallion, sliced thinly
handful of walnuts, toasted, chopped

Add the first 4 ingredients into a small jar, along with a pinch of kosher salt and some freshly ground pepper. Shake well, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Thinly slice celery on the diagonal and add into a medium sized serving bowl with the apple slices and scallion. Toss well with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with walnuts. Serves 4 as a side.

8 comments to “on january: green apple and celery salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette”

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    Eileen   January 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

    This sounds so fresh and delicious! Such a good way to get your salad fix in the middle of winter. 🙂

  2. 2
    kickpleat   January 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Yes, I love this salad for mid-winter eats! Thanks, Eileen 🙂

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    Joanne M   January 11, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I’m so curious about this salad. Despite my not being big on raw celery, I might just give this a twirl, seeing that it’s gluten free and comes with an delicious sounding dressing.

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    Ann   January 12, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I made this salad Friday night for supper–it was just delicious and everyone in the family liked it, including my 13 yo, who is usually not a fan of any kind of salad. What a great way to use celery. I loved the crunchiness. It was great alongside a bowl of chili.

  5. 5
    kickpleat   January 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Joanne, I hope you do try it. You might like raw celery after all 🙂

    Ann, hooray! So glad that you all enjoyed this. Crunchiness is important!

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    Lucy @ Lucyeats   January 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Looks like a wonderfully crunchy salad. I think I’ll have to give it a go one night this week!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   January 15, 2015 at 8:27 am

    That looks like the perfect thing to brighten up this cold, smoggy winter day.

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    kickpleat   January 27, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I hope you do, Lucy! It’s an easy little side to whip up.

    Thanks RMW, a perfect cold weather salad. Stay warm 🙂

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