Avocado Apple & Arugula Salad

apple avocado arugula salad

If you’ve had a crazy EAT WEEK and you’re looking for a good reset button, try this salad.

It’s my RESET BUTTON.

apple avocado arugula salad

Crispy apples are mixed with creamy avocado, the crunch of sunflower seeds and peppery arugula in a tangy honey mustard dressing.

apple avocado arugula salad

Your taste buds are back on track…craving good things…until you make Breakfast Cookies…

Now you need a new RESET button

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering!

apple avocado arugula salad

Chop up stuff!

apple avocado arugula salad

Make the dressing.

apple avocado arugula salad

Cut up the avocado.

apple avocado arugula salad

Throw everything into a bowl. Pour your dressing on top! My hand is doing weird things here.

apple avocado arugula salad

Toss the salad!

apple avocado arugula salad

Put the salad in a bowl.

apple avocado arugula salad

EAT IT UP!

Avocado Apple & Arugula Salad

makes 2 generous servings

  • 1 apple, chopped (I used a Cameo apple)
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey (more or less depending on your taste)
  • salt & pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together honey mustard, lemon juice, olive oil. Chop apples and squeeze a small amount of lemon juice on top and toss to prevent discoloration. In a large bowl, add the arugula, avocado, apples, sunflower seeds, red onions and pour dressing on top. Season with salt & pepper and serve with a side of crusty bread.

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  • Perfect! SO perfect! I l-o-v-e avocado!

  • March 12, 2012

    I need a reset button, a do-over, and a mulligan. Thanks for the great idea!

  • March 12, 2012

    Oh! So you cut avocado’s like you’d cut a mango! Interesting!
    Also it just came to me… It must be frustrating to be a dinner guest of a food blogger! Imagine the extra time it takes for the food to get ready with all the photograph interruptions! :-)

    • March 12, 2012

      Yeah. I scoop it out with a spoon too. It’s super easy.

      Oh and if I have company over, I don’t usually make recipes while they are here. I can’t concentrate on it all! I will make something in advance and shoot it before they arrive, or make something tried & true so I don’t have to worry about anything!

      But…being MARRIED to a food photographer is where it gets difficult. Just ask my patient husband who waits ALL THE TIME.

  • March 12, 2012

    Yum! So much goodness in one bowl.

  • jenny
    March 12, 2012

    Wow. That looks fantastic and I have everything at home! The same thing happened last week with the carrot soup and it was fantastic.

    • March 12, 2012

      We’re on the same grocery shopping wavelength!

  • March 12, 2012

    Love this!

  • I love big chunks of bread instead of croutons. So much more satisfying!

    • March 12, 2012

      Right? I just love bread in any form…but crusty is perfection.

  • March 12, 2012

    SHUT UP! I want this…

  • March 12, 2012

    I OD’d on arugula last year, but this may be just the salad to bring it back into my life! Pretty sure I need that kitchen towel, too. :)

    • March 12, 2012

      I thought I OD’d too. I made it CONSTANTLY last year and grew it…but alas! I’m back full force. You can do it!

  • March 12, 2012

    this salad looks so simple and refreshing! perfect for springtime food clean-up!

  • March 12, 2012

    Looks amazing!

    I love apples in salad! Going to make it tonight!

  • March 12, 2012

    It’s the A-Team salad!! wah, wah… Looks super tasty!

  • Jessica
    March 12, 2012

    I usually hate fruit in my salad. But this combination actually sounds like something I’m down for trying. AND I love that you love arugula.

    • March 12, 2012

      It’s crunchy! You’ll like it! I totally have a thing for arugula….it’s true LOVE!

  • March 12, 2012

    Reset! If this is the reset button, I’m going to reset immediately! Reset!

  • March 12, 2012

    Such a gorgeous way to recalibrate and take stock.

  • March 12, 2012

    This looks so delish. If I thoroughly, totally hate mustard, what can I use instead in the dressing?

    • March 12, 2012

      Use vinegar! I bet a champagne or white wine vinegar would be just fine!

      • March 12, 2012

        I made this tonight and it was DELISH!!!!

        • March 12, 2012

          Ahhhh yeah!! Thank you soo much for trying it out. I’m glad you liked it!

  • March 12, 2012

    Beautiful – I love this post. Makes me excited to eat fresh greens again! (And my hand does weird things too when I’m trying to photograph food steps, too.)

    • March 12, 2012

      haha! what is with our hands?

  • March 12, 2012

    Looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julia
    March 12, 2012

    This looks sooo good. Love the sunflower seeds! Thanks for the idea!

  • March 12, 2012

    I don’t think I’ve ever put avocado and arugula together, but I will be now.

  • March 12, 2012

    this makes me want to eat a salad.

  • Lisa
    March 12, 2012

    just packed all the components for this salad for my lunch tomorrow at work – excited! :)

  • I think I might make this tomorrow…I hosted a bridal shower AND a bachelorette party on Saturday, so not only was it an Eat Day, but a Drunk Day. I need some healthy food, stat.

  • March 13, 2012

    I am trying to add more salads to my dinners, I think this is a great start!! I’ll also have a look through your archives as you have posted a ton of gorgeous salads in the past! :)

  • Kim
    March 13, 2012

    I’m typing this and eating this…hold on, have to take a bite….salad this very moment. I LOVE it! I don’t think…hold on, bite….it’s going to be two generous servings though. I’m takin’ this bowl down all at once. Thanks for a fabulous recipe!

  • March 13, 2012

    Just made this last night (sans avacado because I forgot to buy one) and it was DEElish. Thanks, Tracy!

    xo
    cortnie

  • Injust so happen to have all the ingredients for this in my fridge right now! My hand always looks webbed and ghostly in every blog picture I take. I’m totally making this alongside some BLT’s tonight!!!

  • March 13, 2012

    This sounds totally delightful! I can’t wait to try it!

  • March 13, 2012

    I need this in my life right now. Because it’s been chilly in Seattle lately, we’ve been eating our fill of lentils, sweet potatoes, eggs, real potatoes….you get the gist. Craving some major greens — arugula will happen tomorrow!

  • March 14, 2012

    We tried this salad last night for dinner & LOVED it. The flavor combination is amazing. Can’t wait to have it again soon!

    • March 14, 2012

      YAY!!! That makes me soooo happy. Thank you for trying it out!

  • March 18, 2012

    Wow, can’t wait to make this. And I seriously think a big piece of crunchy delish bread should be in every meal. Yummmm

  • March 19, 2012

    this was the best reset button on the planet. I almost ate the entire thing in one sitting because my mom doesn’t like mustard vinaigrettes. she had to take it away from me if that tells you anything. the point is, thank you very much for posting this! this is a delicious & easy recipe :)

    • March 19, 2012

      That is so awesome!! Is it bad to eat the whole thing? I don’t think soo….. ;)

  • carly
    March 22, 2012

    This post popped in my head while I was staring down the wall of salad greens at Trader Joe’s and I’m so glad it did– we made it last night for a light dinner, but it was fantastic and filling. It was the best kind of filling, where you get to feel a little smug about how healthy your dinner was :) Can’t wait to make it again!

  • Christine
    March 30, 2012

    Hey Tracy,
    Tried this salad yesterday, and it was amazing. Will be jotting it down in my little book of recipes for the future!
    Christine

  • June 20, 2012

    Tracy, this salad was incredible! I especially loved the salad dressing and now use it as my go to dressing. Did you make this recipe up? I just put it on my blog and referenced it as your recipe, hope I was right in doing so!

    Take Care,
    Sarah

    • Tracy
      June 20, 2012

      oh thank you! yes! I made it up. I’m so happy that you love it!!!!

  • Annie
    October 24, 2012

    Just this week, I’ve vowed to eat more Shutterbean salads. With each new salad you post, I’m inspired to try more ingredients and to eat healthier! So, I started with this salad, and it was delicious!!! Thank you thank you thank you.

  • Ann
    March 22, 2013

    I just made this salad, and it s SUPERB! Thank you so much!

  • MERRILEE
    May 1, 2013

    I made this with what was on hand for 2 side salads, which was 3 handfuls of arugula,1/2 avocado and 1/2 pear. For the dressing I used juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1 Tbl. EVOO, 1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. sugar and black pepper to taste which made enough for 2 nights. Thank you for the delicious combination for an arugula lover like me!

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2013

      Fantastic! I like the pear addition!

  • Nadine
    February 17, 2014

    I bought a large container of argula the other day to include with a sautéed greens side dish. I had some argula leftover and decided to google argula salad. Most of the salads that popped up included parmesan and my younger son (sadly) has an aversion to cheese. I saw your recipe and (having an avocado at home) decided to give it a try. This is now our family’s favorite salad!! I typically don’t rave about salad, but I’m raving about this one. Everyone absolutely loved it. I usually find argula too bitter but with this salad dressing–and the apple and avocado–it was perfect. Mid mouthful my husband asked if there was enough argula left over to make this salad tomorrow night. And, it’s a really healthy salad, too! (We go to a quarterly gourmet dinner party and my husband says I HAVE to make it for the next one. (BTW, I didn’t have sunflower seeds so I subbed with toasted walnuts instead.) Thanks so much for sharing!

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