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Green Apple and Celery Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Cranberries & Almonds - a healthy fall salad | thefirstyearblog.com #healthy #fallrecipe #salad
It’s apple season, woohoo!!! I’m been (im)patiently waiting for August to end because now that it’s September I feel like it’s officially okay to post fall recipes. My kitchen has been looking and smelling like fall for a couple of weeks now, so get ready for an explosion of fall flavors – coffee, maple, apples, apples, and more apples!!

The beginning of September can be a little goofy in the weather department. Everyone is excited for fall and pumpkin spiced lattes, me included, but it’s still 80 degrees and humid as ever outside. So, we are going to ease into fall with a fresh green apple and celery salad with cranberries and almonds. It’s a little summer and a little fall all in one fancy white bowl.

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Cranberries & Almonds - a healthy fall salad | thefirstyearblog.com #healthy #fallrecipe #salad
Here’s a fun fact: I eat dried cranberries every morning. Chex and dried cranberries mixed together, it’s my after breakfast around 10am snack. Something a little plain and something a little sweet, I recommend the combo. Since I always have dried cranberries in my pantry, I thought they would be the perfect tart and sweet addition to this salad.

If I’m being honest, celery isn’t the first vegetable I would grab out of the refrigerator. It definitely needs a little something extra to make it more appealing. This salad takes celery from a two to a ten on the delicious scale. It becomes the perfect base vegetable in this salad with tart green apples, sweet dried cranberries, crunchy almonds, and a spicy dijon lemon vinaigrette. This may be my new favorite way to eat celery – my old favorite way to eat it would be with peanut butter or all blended up in a smoothie.

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3


  • 5 celery stalks, thinly sliced at an angle
  • Leaves from the 5 celery stalks, washed and chopped
  • 3/4 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced and cut into rough triangle shapes
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 & 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Wash the celery stalks and leaves. Cut off the celery leaves and chop. Thinly slice the celery stalks at an angle.
  2. Thinly slice the granny smith apple and cut into rough triangle shapes. Combine the apple slices, celery pieces and celery leaves in a bowl. Add in the dried cranberries and almonds.
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a bottle and add the dressing right before serving.

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Green Apple and Celery Salad with Cranberries & Almonds - a healthy fall salad | thefirstyearblog.com #healthy #fallrecipe #salad
First thing up on the fall bucket list? The apple orchard!

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  1. It’s still super hot here, so fresh salads like this are perfect!

    • As much as we all want soup and sweaters, I suppose its good to be realistic that its still 80+ degrees outside!

  2. I can’t wait for fall for all the wonderful apple recipes either. This is a fun new healthy twist on salad too!

  3. I love apples too. I love this simple salad, the combination of ingredients sound wonderful. First time here, I found at An Affair from the Heart Facebook page. Your blog is beautiful.

    • Hi Dawn! I really appreciate you coming by! And thank you for your sweet comment about my blog!

  4. I am SO pumped that it is apple season! And all this crispy, sweetness is calling my name! Pinned!

  5. This is exactly what I want to eat while the days are still warm, but the fall nights are turning chilly!

  6. I ‘ve been waiting pretty impatiently for apple season too. I love them. I am not a huge celery fan but I love what you have done wiht it. I’m going to ry this salad and see if it can change my attitude about celery.

  7. Beth, I feel the same way! I think I’ll make an apple tart this weekend…I’m just so excited to start baking with apples and pears again :) Your salad looks fantastic!

  8. Mmmm this is the perfect way to “ease” ourselves into fall and all the yummy flavors of the season!

    • After eating this salad I might be jumping with 2 feet forward into all the fall goodness!

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