Apple Arugula Salad With An Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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When it comes to making your own dressings, you typically have a limited window to use them. If using a lot of fresh ingredients like cashews, herbs, or vegetables, you may only have three to five days to consume the dressing. For this dressing, you can make it a week ahead of time if you want. As long as you store it in an airtight container or jar in the fridge, it will stay fresh.

Although you cannot prep your salad a week before you want to eat it, you can prep this salad two days before. The only thing to keep in mind is that you may want to toss the apple slices with a mixture of fresh lemon juice and water to prevent browning. Arugula holds up very well, but make sure to place a damp paper towel over the salad before covering the lid. That will keep your salad as crisp and fresh as possible.

Arugula has a naturally peppery flavor, which creates a beautiful flavor combination with the sweetness from the apples. The nutty crunch from the walnuts add texture and another dimension of flavor. The vinaigrette is tangy yet sweet because of the addition of agave. If you prefer your dressing to be more tart, add the juice from half of a lemon. That’ll really add some zest to apple arugula salad.

Apple Arugula Salad With An Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m


For the Dressing

  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. raw agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

For the Salad

  • 4 c arugula
  • 1 large Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. raw walnuts, chopped


For the Dressing

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings as needed. You may want the addition of half of a lemon. Set aside while you prepare the salad.

For the Salad

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to ensure that all of the ingredients are coated in dressing. Serve immediately.