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California Dinner Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

Make this salad your own by incorporating a variety of fruit, nuts, and seeds and then topping off with a homemade maple-cider vinaigrette.
California salad recipe by Danielle Walker
  • Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes


  • 8 cups loosely packed mixed greens
  • 1 small head radicchio, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups fruit (sliced apples, pears, oranges, and/or figs; halved grapes; or clementine segments)
  • ½ cup toasted nuts and seeds (lightly salted walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, and/or pecans)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, basil, cilantro, chives, and/or green onions (white and green parts)
  • 2 avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • ¼ cup Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

Maple-Cider Vinaigrette


Makes about 3/4 cup  |  Prep time 5 minutes



  • 2 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tbs. apple-cider vinegar
  • ½ tbs. Dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ⅛ tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil


In a large salad bowl, layer the greens, fruit, nuts and seeds, herbs, and avocado. Toss gently to combine.
For the vinaigrette, whisk together the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, spices, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking vigorously.
Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss again to coat. Serve immediately.
The vinaigrette can be used immediately, or transferred to a jar, capped tightly, and stored in the fridge for up to three weeks. Shake well before using.

Danielle Walker's Healthy in a Hurry cookbookFrom the book DANIELLE WALKER’S HEALTHY IN A HURRY: Real Life. Real Food. Real Fast. by Danielle Walker. Copyright © 2022 by Simple Writing Holdings, LLC. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

For more recipes by Danielle Walker, visit “4 Quick and Healthy Recipes from Danielle Walker.”

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Danielle Walker

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 22, Danielle Walker has worked to help herself and others by creating dishes that are healing, wholesome, and delicious. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple and the recently released Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion. Find her blog at


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