This is such a simple salad – rich and creamy and perfect for summer salad days. I also find this is a big hit with children too. The combination of sweet apples and grapes with a nut dressing and crunchy celery plus plenty of greens makes this a hearty filling option. I like to use Romaine lettuce which is robust enough to take the dressing without wilting too much. I also add some stronger flavoured greens like rocket or watercress too which are packed with detox supporting glucosinolates as well as B vitamins, iron and magnesium. The dressing can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge until needed. It is also delicious drizzled over gluten free grains, beans and pulses or steamed vegetables too. Watch our quick video demonstrating how to make this salad
Difficulty – Easy
Time – 15 minutes
Serves – 6
What’s good about it?
Compared to your average lettuce like iceberg Romaine lettuce nutrition is actually quite impressive due to its high level of antioxidants and other crucial vitamins and minerals including folate and manganese. In fact it is a good source of vitamins A, C and K as well as being a good source of fibre for digestive health.
- Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a nutri bullet or blender with enough water to create a thick creamy dressing. This can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- In a large bowl place all the ingredients and mix well. When ready to serve drizzle over the dressing and toss to coat. The salad will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
Did You Know?
Leafy greens are often considered the best natural vegetable source of vitamin K. Romaine lettuce is no exception to this since it’s a great source of bone-building vitamin K. Vitamin K2 is probably more important than calcium for supporting bone density. In addition to building and maintaining a healthy skeletal structure, Vitamin K plays a vital role in blood clotting, healing bruises and reducing arterial calcification which may play a role in heart disease.
1 large head of romaine lettuce
large handful of watercress or rocket
Handful of seedless grapes, halved
1 apple, diced
2 sticks celery, chopped
Handful of chopped walnuts
100g cherry tomatoes halved
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1tbsp olive oil or flaxseed oil
3tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
40g cashew nuts or 1tbsp nut butter
1/2 tsp garlic salt or sea salt
Black pepper to taste