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Baby Spinach, Celery Root, and Fuji Apple Salad with Creamy Pistachio Dressing

This salad is another Aarti Sequeira masterpiece. She calls it The Ugly Duckling Salad because of the celery root component which is sort of the "ugly duckling" of the vegetable world. It's gnarly and unattractive on the outside, but inside lies a beautiful, creamy and healthy vegetable.

I've long been a fan of celery root, which is what first attracted me to this recipe. Celery root makes a great potato substitute because it has a much lower glycemic index, and it's much lower in carbs and calories - steam it and make mashed "potatoes", thinly slice it to make a "potato" gratin, and the list goes on. For some reason, I hadn't tried it raw, though. I discovered it's delicious raw - mild in flavor and it added an almost creamy texture to the salad.

Serves 4


1/2 cup shelled pistachios

2 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup canola oil, plus more if necessary

Kosher salt

freshly cracked black pepper

splash of extra-virgin olive oil

In skillet over medium heat, toast pistachios until lightly browned.

In blender or food processor, place toasted pistachios, garlic, lemon juice, Sriracha sauce, water, and oil, then blend till smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. If too watery, add more canola oil and blend to emulsify. Add drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and blend once more. Set aside.


1 bag baby spinach, pre-washed

1 Fuji apple, thinly sliced

1 celery root bulb (about the size of a softball or smaller), peeled and grated (see below)

In large bowl, place spinach and apple slices. To prepare celery root, wash thoroughly, then cut outer peel away from bulb revealing white inside.

Cut bottom of root to make flat, then rest on cutting board and starting at the top cut the peel down and away from the root ball.

Next grate celery root using a box grater. To prevent from turning brown you can squeeze a little lemon juice on the grated celery root.

Add celery root to bowl with the spinach and apple, then add enough dressing to coat. Toss to mix.

Note: I had quite a bit of extra dressing left over, but I refrigerated it and will use it on another salad in the next day or two.

Meal 1

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Broccoli and Feta

prep 15 minstotal 15 mins

author jenn laughlin - peas and crayons

yield 2-4 servings

This colorful Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Broccoli and Feta is crisp, refreshing, and the perfect blend of savory sweet to enjoy all Fall and Winter long!


  • 4-5 oz fresh baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli

  • 1/2 cup chopped grapes, green or red

  • 1 apple, half or whole, chopped (I used honey crisp)

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 2-4 TBSP dried cranberries

  • 2-4 TBSP roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

  • black pepper, to taste (optional)


  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt or sour cream

  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk (extra if desired)

  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise (homemade or store bought)

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar

  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley

  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp paprika

  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder, to taste

  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  1. Start with the dressing (skip if using premade)

  2. Ranch dressing always tastes it’s absolute best made ahead of time. Whisk and chill for a few hours before serving or make things simple by tossing it together the night before.

  3. Peel 1 clove of garlic, then smash and mince it into a paste.

  4. Season with salt.

  5. Combine salted garlic paste with remaining dressing ingredients and whisk well.

  6. Pop in the fridge to chill for a few hours for flavors to set.

  7. Wash + dry spinach.

  8. Combine with broccoli, apples, grapes, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and pepitas.

  9. Toss with dressing and serve.

Season with black pepper, to taste. Feel free to sprinkle with extra poppy seeds to garnish. Enjoy!




3 mins


3 mins

Serves: 1


  • 1 apple (peeled and chopped)

  • 1 banana (peeled and chopped)

  • Handful of fresh spinach

  • 4 ice cubes

  • 25ml cold water


Add everything to a blender and blend until it turns to liquid.


Sweet Potato & Broccoli Salad with Chopped Apples


  • Preheat oven to 400°.

  • Place sweet potato cubes and broccoli florets on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil; toss gently to coat.

  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 15 minutes. Turn and continue roasting for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, orange juice, orange zest and crushed red pepper.

  • In a large bowl, combine potatoes and broccoli, with apples, almonds and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Gently toss with balsamic dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Sweet Potato Banana Protein Brownies


9-12 Squares

start ingredients


  • 1 sweet potato - medium size, could use pumpkin instead too

  • 1/4 of a banana, ripe

  • 3 organic eggs at room temp, whisked

  • 3 tbs coconut oil, melted

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 3 tbs of coconut flour, could use other flours too

  • 3 tbs of coconut sugar, or Stevia or sweetener of choice

  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

  • 3 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • a pinch of Pumpkin Spice or Nutmeg if you want

  • 3 tbs of mini chocolate chips for the top

  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: whipped cream, vanilla bean ice cream, or walnuts or pecans