Apple Pecan and Vegan Feta Salad with Maple Apple Dressing

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Vegan Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Apple Dressing is loaded with fall flavours and is sweet, crunchy and good for you! 

Feta salad in a white bowl.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of denial that summer is nearing to an end. That’s also the sound of me rushing in, arms loaded with apples, pumpkins, butternut squash and a few leaves for table decor smiling from ear to ear.

Yeah, I’m kind of ready for fall.

Kale in a white bowl.

It’s still pretty hot during the day time here, but last night for example I was cold. I was also up in the hills at what turned out to be two friends’ engagement party (woohoo!) but I’m hanging on to whatever hope I have for a colder period. It’s also been pouring rain since we had a storm over the weekend and I’m more than thankful for the cooler days. Even though fall doesn’t officially start until late September, in food blogger season it started up to two weeks ago and I feel as if I’ve been sitting, staring at my calendar, willing the days to move ahead. Yes, picture me eating these pumpkin pie overnight oats (YUM) while trying to push the calendar days forward.

They won’t budge. So I decided to share this apple pecan and feta salad with you now, anyway.

Pouring dressing over feta salad.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m into salads lately. In fact, I’m into loaded apple salads because who has time for boring plain salads?! This salad, came from my need to put pecans feta cheese and apple together in a healthy but still delicious way so of course I took to a salad. I know the word salad puts off many of us, but trust me, this is a salad you’re going to love.

On top of the combination of crisp apples, texture-adding pecans, sweet cranberries and deliciously-tart vegan “feta” cheese you have the maple-apple dressing. Mr. Bakes had the idea to add apple cider vinegar to it, and the flavour combined with the maple syrup and olive oil came through beautifully. P.S., you could also try this creamy vegan avocado dressing all over this salad – one of my new favourites.

Overhead shot of apple pecan and feta salad.
Needless to say, I ate this right up. As soon as I finished shooting (what’s new?). And did I mention that’s not lettuce, it’s kale?! You knew that was coming right? The kale added a unique flavour that just complimented all the other ingredients. I’m all for salads that come together with no heat, no cooking and under 15 minutes.

Look out fall, we’re coming through! (It sounded funnier in my head, so please laugh).
Side shot of apple pecan and feta salad with apples in the background.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:

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Side on shot of apple pecan salad.

Apple Pecan and Vegan Feta Salad with Maple Apple Dressing

Vegan Apple Pecan and Feta Salad with Maple Apple Dressing is loaded with fall flavours and is sweet, crunchy and good for you! 
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 servings
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Ingredients

Salad:

  • 3 cups kale de-stemmed, washed and torn
  • 1 apple sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pecans
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled vegan tofu feta cheese or store-bought vegan feta

Maple-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions

Instructions

Salad

  • In a bowl, place the kale. Add the apples, cranberries, pecans and feta cheese on top - if you'd like, toss them in a bowl first them sprinkle on top.

Maple-Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Whisk the ingredients together and pour over the salad. Enjoy!
NOTES
This recipe is gluten free.
TO STORE You can store this salad in an airtight tupperware container in the fridge without the dressing. You can store the dressing in a mason jar . The salad lasts about 3 days in the fridge. The dressing can last up to two weeks if stored properly.

Nutrition

Calories: 783kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1487mg | Potassium: 1354mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 20178IU | Vitamin C: 254mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 4mg
by Jessica

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37 comments

  1. This looks awesome Jessica…apple & pecans are my absolute favorite in salads! Pinned!

  2. Cailee says:

    Oh man!! This look AH-mazing!! Perf for fall!! Love that you made a fun salad!! Healthy and delicious! Win-win 🙂

  3. This salad looks amazing, Jessica! I like that it’s a slight twist on a strawberry spinach salad. And the honey apple dressing sounds delicious! Love it!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Gayle! I wasn’t even purposefully modelling it after that salad but brilliant haha!

  4. Cheryl says:

    This looks and sound amazing! I’m right there with you – so ready for fall. Maybe it IS that food blogger fall started about two weeks ago.. I’ve already had a pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin waffles, AND made a pumpkin spice latte ice cream WITH pumpkin waffles mixed in. I mean, really now.. how can we not be ready for fall?!

    • Jessica says:

      Gosh can I live in your kitchen?! Thanks for commenting Cheryl! 🙂

  5. Dannii+@+Hungry+Healthy+Happy says:

    I love pecans in salads and this one looks delicious. Definitely going to make it.

  6. Mmmmm! This sounds amazing. I love that it is all “real food” healthy ingredients. On my list to try soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Monica says:

    Love a quick salad and one as pretty as this one. Nuts make everything, especially salads, better, too. I will miss summer but will also take full advantage of fall. Change is good…we just need a little adjustment period. 🙂

  8. Tash says:

    This looks great! SO wholesome. I adore nuts in salads, the feta just tops it all!

  9. Gahhh! My dream fall salad right here. 😀 This is SUCH a gorgeous salad, Jessica! Your combo of flavors sounds mind-blowing amazing and your photos are stunning! Pinned!

  10. Wow this salad is simply amazing!!!

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