Crunchy Apple Celery Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

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Fruity and flavorsome, this Apple Celery Salad is a crisp and refreshing lunch option or a superb accompaniment to a roast chicken dinner.

It’s the perfect dish to enjoy in the fall when apples are in season.

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Apple Celery Salad

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

A homemade Maple-Dijon vinaigrette is lightly tossed with a crunchy mixture of fresh apples, celery, cranberries, and toasted pecans in this quick and simple salad.

The end result is a delightful blend of sweet and savoury flavours that is both refreshing and satisfying and can be eaten on its own or with your favourite entrées to make a full meal.

Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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The images shown here feature Pink Lady apples. If they are unavailable in your area, consider using Fuji, Jazz, Gala, Honeycrisp, or even Golden Delicious apples instead as they offer a nice crunch and will not brown too quickly.

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Recipe Tips

  • We used a salad shaker to make the vinaigrette, but you could also use a jar with a tight-fitting lid instead.
  • To make the vinaigrette less sweet, add additional Dijon mustard.
  • The flavors in this recipe will intensify with time, so you may want to prepare a double (or triple) batch.
  • Storing Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. However, be sure to toss the chopped apple with some fresh lemon juice before adding it to the salad to minimize browning.

How Do I Make Apple Celery Salad?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Apple-Celery Salad Recipe

Crunchy Apple-Celery Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

Michelle Ordever
This Apple Celery Salad is a crisp and refreshing lunch option or a superb accompaniment to a roast chicken dinner.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6


For the Vinaigrette

  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard*
  • 2 T. real maple syrup
  • 2 T. red wine vinegar
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • ¼ cup pecans roughly chopped, divided
  • 6 large celery stalks sliced
  • Celery leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 large red apple chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz 100g Parmesan cheese, shaved


  • Prepare the vinaigrette by adding all ingredients to a salad shaker or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and shake vigorously to combine. Set aside.

    Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
  • Add chopped pecans to a small dry pan set over medium heat. Heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.

    Toasting Pecans in Pan
  • Add the celery, apples, celery leaves, cranberries, and three tablespoons of toasted pecans to a large salad bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

    Mixing Apple Salad Ingredients Together
  • Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and toss to combine.

    Adding Vinaigrette to Salad Ingredients
  • To serve, divide the salad onto chilled salad plates and top with remaining toasted pecans and shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

    Apple-Celery Salad Recipe


  • *For less sweet results, add 1-2 additional teaspoons of Dijon mustard

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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