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Crunchy Winter Salad with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing

Crunchy Winter Salad with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday!

I have over-indulged in all the fatty foods and I have “no regerts”(the spelling mistake is intentional). A week ago, the amount of chocolate that we had in our house could have fed the whole neighbourhood, and we still have a fair bit left, but somehow this household of two will eat the rest of the chocolate by the end of the month, probably sooner.

That being said, a New Year brings new resolutions and I have resolved to BE MORE BRAVE and GET THINGS DONE! Those that know me are aware that I worry about the littlest things so I avoid situations because I don’t want to fail.I end up spending hours in a blanket fort eating cheese and watching YouTube videos and thus getting nothing done. As fun as blanket forts can be, I know I just have to go-for-it! This definitely includes making this blog better; not only by working to improve the blog from behind-the-scenes (my husband, Scott, is a life-saver in helping me figure out the tech stuff), but most importantly, I love hearing feedback from YOU!

Easy, minimal ingredients, few instructions, classics with a twist! As always, I appreciate your comments, questions, and any feedback!

Here is my first recipe for 2017! I hope you like it! One of my new favourite salads!

This winter salad has fresh, peppery arugula, crunchy celery, zingy radish, and sweet red apples. Toss in toasted walnuts, sharp gouda cheese, and sweet and tangy balsamic honey mustard dressing and you get a flavourful, filling salad. It is extremely easy to put together and the dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days prior to using it. Just whisk prior to adding to the salad.

Now onto the recipe.

Balsamic vinegar and honey mustard in a bowl.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients.

Arugula, celery, radishes, apples, walnuts, and dressing.

Slice and chop the salad ingredients (except the arugula).

Crunchy Winter Salad in a bowl.

Combine all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

Arugula, celery, apple, and walnut salad tossed with balsamic honey mustard dressing.

Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!

A bowl of Crunchy Winter Salad with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing
Crunchy Winter Salad with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing

Crunchy Winter Salad with Balsamic Honey Mustard Dressing

Yield: 2 as a meal, 4 as a side
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This healthy, delicious crunchy winter salad is paired with a homemade balsamic-honey mustard dressing. Easy to prepare and ready in 10 minutes or less!


For the salad:

  • 2 packed cups arugula
  • 2 celery sticks (about 1 cup), thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 radishes (about ½ cup), thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup gouda (or any cheese), sliced (or grated)
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp pure honey
  • 1 tbsp honey dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust the dressing to your preference. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients and then drizzle the desired amount of dressing on top. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.


  • Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Re-whisk prior to using on a salad.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 515Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 26gProtein: 9g

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Jennifer Barker

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Absolutely delicious salad! Perfect blend of flavors. Peppery arugula and radish really complement the sweet apples and dressing. Great recipe!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 16th of October 2020

Thank you Jennifer!

Alison @ The Sunday Glutton

Thursday 5th of January 2017

I can completely relate to your New Year's goals! And I love to see people focus on things other than getting to the gym (not that there's anything wrong with that). As for this salad - yum! I think that dressing will probably be excellent on anything, so I can't wait to whip some up!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Friday 6th of January 2017

Thanks Alison! I am working hard to just go for it instead of worrying that things won't work. If I don't try, then nothing will be accomplish. Also, I am happy that you like the salad too! :)

Alyssa @ A Bite of Inspiration

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Looks delicious!! This is such an inviting looking salad-- I love the colors!! I'm obsessed with anything that has apples in it, so i'll definitely be making this soon! Pinned! Thanks for sharing!!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Friday 6th of January 2017

You're welcome! Thanks for pinning!


Thursday 5th of January 2017

You are running a food blog. I'd say that's pretty brave. I've never tried balsamic, honey and mustard together. I bet that plays beautifully against the sweetness of the apple and the pepperiness of the arugula. Nice one!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Thank you, Romain! I think the more I learn about food blogging, the braver I get! 😊

mikaela | wyldflour

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

I love that this dressing is so simple and sounds so delicious!!!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Thanks, Mikaela! I enjoy making homemade simple dressings and I am glad you like it!

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