Make this salad when your favorite apples are in season. Honey crisp and gala apples contrast well with the tart cranberry vinaigrette. Cut the apples just before serving to maintain their color, or store them in water with a little lemon juice if you need to prepare them ahead of time. Serve this dish as is for a light lunch or with Pumpkin and Anasazi Bean Stew for a heartier meal.

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By Del Sroufe,


  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fruit-sweetened dried cranberries, reconstituted in 6 tablespoons of boiling water, plus 3 additional tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • ½ cup pecan halves, toasted, optional
  • 2 crisp apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch dice


  • Blend the brown rice syrup, orange zest and juice, balsamic vinegar, mustard, cayenne pepper, and the reconstituted cranberries in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add the salad greens to a large bowl with pecans (if using), apples, and remaining dried cranberries. Just before serving, add the dressing to the bowl and toss well.

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Used maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup and my husband said this was his new favorite.


I'm surprised to see you use brown rice syrup. Isn't it concentrated arsenic? I think maple syrup might be a better choice or do you have a better suggestion?


I think a date paste or a soaked blended date with a tad water mihhy work too..(no arsenic risk)..


Correction - 'might'. (Lol)

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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