Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Spiced Pepitas

A simple salad with crisp lettuce, sweet apples, and spiced nuts or seeds is a delicious and healthy accompaniment to any dinner in the fall.  It is honestly one of my favorite things this time of the year. I make it often because it is so simple and good yet requires little time.  This is something similar to salads I have enjoyed in restaurants, but it is way cheaper to make at home.  The version I am sharing with you today contains honey crisp apples, which happen to be a favorite, but you feel free to use your favorite.  I combine them with lettuce, shallots, and pumpkin seeds which are high in magnesium and zinc.

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a sheet pan with foil. Toss the pumpkin seeds with the maple syrup, sea salt, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and coconut sugar and spread out on the sheet pan. Toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Meanwhile, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, sea salt and thyme. Combine the lettuce, apples, shallots, prepared seeds, and dressing in a bowl, and toss to coat. Serve!

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Health Trending
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Salad
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Salad
  • Side Dish

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Child Friendly
  • Easy