This beet apple salad with maple vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make and packed with autumnal flavor. Crunchy, flavorful and great as an appetizer or side. Thanks to the Appleweek sponsors for providing products to aid recipe creation and items for the giveaway.
Salads go very much in and out of favor in our house. We tend to eat them much more often in the summer as a lighter side, with Mexican street corn salad being a big favorite this year. Then I sometimes make a heartier salad for lunch, like a Vietnamese chicken salad or wild rice salad.
However as the weather cools, I sometimes forget about them a bit more. Then I make one that’s perfect for this time of year and I get back in the habit. This beet apple salad is so incredibly easy to make and is also very flexible in how you serve it.
It’s perfect as a side – think steak, roast chicken, salmon and more – plus also great as an appetizer or even lunch. I’m already thinking of more things to pair it with.
One of the things that really makes this salad for me is the maple vinaigrette. It’s so incredibly easy to make, but adds a wonderful pop of flavor.
Being a relatively simple salad, you also want to make sure you use good ingredients since there’s no real room to hide. That’s particularly true of the apples – go for something with a good flavor, crisp, and a nice sweet-tart balance.
I was lucky enough to receive some delicious Envy apples as part of Appleweek and they were perfect for this. They also make a delicious snack on their own – even my kids seem to appreciate the difference in flavor and have been going through them at a great old rate.
How to make this beet apple salad
This salad could hardly be easier:
- Toast the pine nuts;
- Peel and grate the beets;
- Core and slice the apple;
- Shake or whisk the vinaigrette ingredients;
- Put it all together in a bowl.
This beet apple salad salad has a wonderful balance of sweet-savory flavors, plenty of crunch and takes mere minutes to make. It’s versatile, vegan, and one you definitely need to try soon.
This beet apple salad with maple vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make and packed with autumnal flavor. Crunchy, flavorful and great as an appetizer or side.
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 1/2 cup grated beets (2 1/2 - 3oz approx, 70-85g beetroot)
- 1/2 apple
- 2 handfuls arugula (rocket)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Gently toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet/frying pan or under a broiler/grill. Keep a close eye on them so they don't burn then set aside.
Grate the beet and core and slice the apple.
Put the arugula in the bottom of a bowl, top with the grated beet, apple and pine nuts.
Shake together the vinaigrette ingredients (oil, vinegar and maple syrup) in a small jar or whisk in a small bowl. Drizzle over the salad, toss and serve.
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