Green Apple Salad
Green Apple Salad has celery and walnuts and a mustardy lemony dressing, and this is a perfect fruit salad that’s not too sweet or high in carbs! Check the nutritional information to see what you think; you can use more celery if you want to make a version that’s even lower in carbs.
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This Green Apple Salad is kind of a kicked-up version of the traditional Waldorf Salad that’s been popular for years, but this salad has a generous amount of healthy celery and celery leaves plus walnuts added to the mix, as well as a tasty lemon-mustard dressing. This is a perfect salad when you want a fruit salad that’s not too sweet and it can be a nice addition to a special dinner!
And this is a salad I could definitely imagine serving during the holidays, and after I was completely through making the salad, taking photos, and eating a big bowl of it for lunch, I had the thought that it would be nice to toss in a few Reduced Sugar Dried Cranberries (affiliate link) if you’re making it for a holiday salad. I didn’t have any to take a photo of the salad with that dried cranberries added, but I do recommend that variation if you’re making this for a special occasion.
What ingredients do you need for this salad?
- fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Dijon mustard (affiliate link)
- Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or sweetener of your choice
- extra-virgin Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- celery with leaves
- Granny Smith apples
- salt to taste
- Reduced Sugar Dried Cranberries, completely optional but fun (affiliate link)
How to make this more like a traditional Waldorf Salad:
Waldorf Salad is a classic salad recipe made from apples, celery, and walnuts but it usually has a mayonnaise dressing. If you’re a mayo fan or want to make this more like a traditional Waldorf Salad, I’d use 2 T olive oil and 4 T mayo in the dressing.
What other nuts can you use?
If you’re not a fan of walnuts I think this salad would also be great with pecans or slivered almonds.
Can you make the salad with red apples?
Of course you can make this Green Apple Salad with red apples if that’s what you prefer or have on hand.
How to Make Green Apple Salad:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Whisk together fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or sweetener of your choice, and olive oil to make the dressing.
- Working with one apple at a time, cut apple into fourths, peel and cut away seeds, cut the fourths in half crosswise and slice into thin wedges.
- Toss cut apples with a few tablespoons of the dressing mixture so they won’t turn brown.
- Trim celery leaves from stalks and chop. Slice celery stalks into slices.
- Toast walnuts in a dry pan over high heat for about 2 minutes, or until you smell a toasty smell (it will smell a little like popcorn.)
- Coarsely chop the toasted walnuts.
- Combine sliced celery, chopped celery leaves, and apple/dressing mixture and stir to mix. Add enough more dressing so salad is well moistened, but not overly wet. (You may not need all the dressing.) Season salad with salt to taste.
- Stir walnuts into salad and serve.
- This salad isn’t bad when it’s been in the fridge for one night, but I don’t think it will keep longer than that and the salad is best freshly made.
More Salads with Fruit:
Power Greens Salad with Blueberries
Fruit Salad with Melon, Pineapple and Dill
Green Apple Salad
This Green Apple Salad has celery and walnuts and a mustardy lemon dressing, and this is a perfect salad any time of year!
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- 2 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or sweetener of your choice (see notes)
- 6 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 large stalks celery with leaves
- 2 large Granny Smith apples
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted then chopped
- reduced sugar dried cranberries (optional)
- Whisk together the fresh lemon juice, Dijon Mustard, Agave Nectar or sweetener, and olive oil and set dressing aside.
- Working with one apple at a time, cut apple into fourths, peel and cut away seeds, cut each fourth into half crosswise, then cut each piece into thin wedges.
- Toss cut apples with a small amount of dressing as soon as they are cut so apples won’t turn brown.
- Toast walnuts in a dry pan over high heat for about 2 minutes, or until they start to smell toasty. (The toasted walnuts will smell a bit like popcorn.)
- Wash celery stalks and dry with paper towels, making sure both stalks and leaves are very dry.
- Cut leaves away from stalks and chop to make 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves.
- Slice stalks into thin slices, enough to make 2-3 cups sliced celery.
- Combine sliced celery, chopped celery leaves, and apple/dressing mixture and stir to combine.
- Add enough more dressing so celery and apples are well moistened, but not overly wet. (You may not need all the dressing.)
- Season salad with salt to taste.
- Coarsely chop walnuts, then mix walnuts and dried cranberries (if using) into salad and serve.
I originally made this salad with with Agave Nectar, but now I'd use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link). Taste the dressing after you mix it and see if you want a bit more sweetener.
Reduced Sugar Dried Cranberries (affiliate link) are not included in nutritional information. They're completely optional but fun if you want to make this for a holiday salad.
Recipe adapted slightly from green apple salad found in Bon Appetit; the recipe is no longer online.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3.8gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Using Golden Monkfruit Sweetener or an approved sweetener it would make this Green Apple Salad salad suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. You could use more celery and less apples for a salad that’s lower in carbs but if you check the net carbs, you might decide you could eat this occasionally even for a low-carb diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Green Apple Salad was posted in 2010 and I’ve made it several times since then. The recipe was last updated with new photos and more information in 2021.
18 Comments on “Green Apple Salad”
Fantastic salad! I had some leftover celery I didn’t want to throw away and fortunately this recipe showed up in my inbox.
I swapped maple syrup and pecans for the walnuts and sweetener and added an avocado that needed to be used. I wasn’t quite sure about the taste but once I added the pecans, it all came together so nicely. My boyfriend really liked it – which sometimes it can be challenging to have him eat something healthy unless it is delicious. Definitely will be on repeat.
So glad to hear you both enjoyed it. And now I am absolutely going to try it with avocado!
Thanks so much for this recipe, my wife loves it!
So glad you're enjoying it!
What a happy accident! Sounds delicious. Not to mention healthy too.
That's really good salad and very easy to make. I liked your work Kalyn. Thanks for sharing.
Claudia, thanks. Glad you liked it.
I love your take on the Waldorf, a great combination of complementary ingredients.
CJ, I know what you mean about the dressings, although I do have a couple of dressings I buy once in a while. Glad you like the salad!
Kalyn, You've done it again. Another perfect winter salad. That dressing sounds fantastic.
I am a big fan of lemon-dijon-honey-olive oil dressings. One of my tricks for when I'm really in a hurry or have extra to use up, I'll use honey mustard to whip up a quick salad dressing. Two ingredients in one step.
I love all of your salad dressing recipes. Since I started making my own, for the salad at hand or for several days worth, I find the taste of bottled dressings to off, artificial. My husband recently noted the same thing, saying how much better he liked home made dressings too.
I'm so glad people are liking it. The slightly-sweet dressing with the mustard and lemon is something I'm thinking would be good on lots of things. I'm really into apples lately, and I loved this one!
This sounds really good! I'm intrigued by the dressing!
Haha I would LOVE to maintain control on the big day! This salad sounds quite tasty! I'm not really a big fan of dressing anyway, so I'd probably enjoy this even MORE.
This is a very nice salad. I usually mix Dijon mustard with vinegar: I have never tried using lemon juice.
I have a pile of apples from my csa. I like your Waldorf salad. It's going on the list for our Thanksgiving brunch. Lovely!
Lovely ..i am making this salad today for lunch …with kashmir apples cuz that is what i have right now.
So fresh and yummy!
I like your new twist on Waldorf Salad, a lot healthier without the mayo. The mustard sounds like it adds a nice tangy twist. Happy Thanksgiving!