Sweet apple salad

Flavourful salad a great side dish or main dish!

I love salads and this one will perk up any menu. It is inspired by a very popular dish at The Wooden Monkey, one of Halifax, Nova Scotia’s finest restaurants, dishing up excellent local organic fare. It would pair well with a hearty soup, a meat pie or even just a loaf of crusty bread. Look for daikon, also known as white radish, Japanese radish or lo bok, at any specialty produce store or your favourite Asian grocery.


Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) grainy mustard (or Dijon)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) sea salt
  • a few grinds of pepper


  • 4 cups (1 L) mixed baby greens
  • 2 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 large daikon, peeled and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 2 scallions (green parts only), thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) crumbled chèvre
  • 1 cup (250 mL) toasted walnuts


  • Prepare vinaigrette by putting all listed ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shake well to combine. Can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator.
  • Put prepared apples, daikon and carrots in a medium bowl and drizzle a little dressing over top; toss to coat uniformly and set aside. You can do this up to an hour before serving; this step will prevent the apple and daikon from browning.
  • Wash and dry the greens; use them to line four broad individual salad bowls (soup plates work well for this).
  • Place a small heap of the dressed fruit and vegetables on top of the greens in each bowl.
  • Sprinkle with chèvre and walnuts. Drizzle a little bit more dressing on top.
  • Put another heap of apples, daikon and carrots on top, then garnish with scallions.

Serves 4.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

3 thoughts

  1. So glad you finally jumped into the food blog world. I’ve already added you to my feed reader so I can follow all the great things you’re cooking. This salad looks great. I love apples on salad, especially this time of year when they are so good.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.