Vegan Winter Salad with Apple Poppyseed Dressing

Vegan Winter Salad with Apple Poppyseed Dressing

Full of fresh, bright flavors, this salad is the perfect winter dish!

6

Servings

20 mins

Total cook time

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Main Ingredients

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 ripe pears, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup vegan Gouda-style or feta-style cheese
  • 1 cup cooked farro, cooked

Candied Walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Apple Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup avocado or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

For salad, arrange ingredients in a large bowl, starting with leaf lettuce and arugula. Sprinkle pears, pomegranate, red onion slices, vegan cheese, and farro on top.

Step 2

For candied walnuts, add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat over medium for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently so the mixture doesn’t burn. When the sugar starts melting, stir constantly until all of the walnuts are coated.

Step 3

For dressing, add chopped apple, vinegar, oil, maple syrup, and salt to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Put mixture through a sieve to strain out apple chunks if desired. Fold poppyseeds into strained dressing.

Step 4

Add candied walnuts to the top of the salad, and drizzle with Apple Poppyseed Dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Step 5 :: helpful hints

Apple Poppyseed Dressing may be made ahead of time; simply refrigerate until serving.

Step 6 :: helpful hints

If no pears are available, thinly sliced apples of any kind work great.

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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