As a salad lover, I’m always looking for new ways to dress them up and simplicity is always a plus. I threw this salad together quite a while ago when I put together the Coconut Bacon recipe in the archives (it’s also in the The Archives eBook!). I shared it on Instagram but it never made it to the recipe collection. I’ve finally come back to this one and it was as good as I remember. Maybe even a bit more so! Today, I gladly share with you this simple and delicious salad to keep your saladspiration alive! There’s so much to love here. You can’t go too wrong with fresh, crisp apple, flavorful coconut bacon and a creamy ginger peanut dressing. I do think you’ll love it too!
Feel free to use your favorite apples. Mine happen to be Fuji but you may prefer tart green apples or other red varieties. I added some currents and slivered almonds to my dish. You can surely use raisins or dried blueberries instead. The addition of the peanut dressing will give you a good dose of protein (about 8 grams) and some delicious creaminess at the same time. I used ginger powder since it’s what was on hand but fresh grated ginger is ideal for maximum ginger flavor. Use your favorite leafy greens. I chose a 50/50 spring mix but arugula, spinach, baby kale, oak lettuce or any mix of these would be great.
Grab whatever ingredients make you happiest, or have hand, and give it a go. Happy repeat salad days ahead!
CRISP APPLE & COCONUT BACON SALAD
- 1 Fuji apple (use your favorite apple), cored and diced
- coconut bacon
- currents or raisins
- slivered almonds (pumpkin, sunflower seeds or hemp hearts would be great too)
- favorite salad mix
Ginger Peanut Dressing
- 2 rounded tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 2 teaspoons apple cider or rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder or 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated
- pinch of mineral salt
- pinch of garlic powder
- water as needed to thin
In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Add water, a teaspoon or two at a time, as needed to create desired consistency. Taste for flavor adjusting as needed. If dressing becomes to thin, add a bit more peanut butter to thicken. Set aside.
Create your salad by adding a few large handfuls of salad mix to your serving bowl. Top with diced apple, handful of coconut bacon, currents and slivered almonds. Drizzle ginger peanut dressing over top and enjoy.
For the dressing I used raw almond butter, if using other nut butters containing salts and sugars you may not need as much maple syrup or pinch of salt. Just something to consider.
Don’t feel like making coconut bacon, you can purchase some already prepared from Phoney Baloney’s. It’s delicious! Look for it at your local grocery store or order online from participating retailers.If you have nut allergies, try using tahini in place of the nut butter.