If you haven’t been able to tell lately- I’m really into spring salads. Mainly because they’re easy to toss together and fairly inexpensive if you shop at your local farmers market.

But also because they’re fresh and extra delish right now.

I mean- come on. Who can’t toss a few fresh ingredients into a pretty salad bowl and call it a day? It’s a lot easier than you think so don’t let a Martha-Stewart-esque salad intimidate you.

Believe me.

If I can do it- so can you.

Man, if only dating were as easy as this I’d be all set.

Hehe. Just teasing.

Despite not feeling 100% up to par last week (I caught a 48 hour stomach bug- yuck!), I rallied yesterday for a Sunday brunch and made this salad along with a lovely little dressing I’ve revealed below.

Why a salad for brunch? Well it surely wasn’t the only thing on my menu- just the highlight, of course.

Because this week I’m heading out to Monterey, California to work with Dole – tour their farms, corporate facilities and enjoy a fun day at Pebble Beach.

Yea for sunshine and double Yea for traveling on a trip where I can ACTUALLY eat and enjoy the food.

Let’s just say I won’t have to stock up at Whole Foods Market with 20 pounds of veggies before I board my plane- it will probably be more like 10 pounds for this trip since I’ll be munching on veggies the entire week in Cali.

Speaking of sunshine- I couldn’t resist adding a whole lotta’ fresh lemon juice to this salad.  And this Maple Vinegar Dressing is enough to send you to the moon- it’s a winner- let’s just say that.  You’ll probably be making extra dressing to serve tomorrow with your grilled tofu, veggies, fish or chicken- yes it’s versatile and delicious. Who would’ve thought?

And these bright yellow lemons just make me smile…kinda like flowers but better because they don’t die so fast.

Maybe that’s what I’m doing wrong- I guess I should start asking my dates for lemons instead of flowers. Hehe…

Just teasing.

I would never ask for flowers.

Although they would look quite nice in my sunny apartment next to this vibrant spinach salad.

But I’m just sayin’.

Purple Slaw Salad with Maple Vinegar Dressing

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 4


For Salad:

  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup arugula
  • 1/2 small head Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 5 large radish, shredded
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup pistachios

For Dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients; set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, combine all dressing ingredients; cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat ; drizzle atop salad and serve.
  3. Enjoy!

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  1. What an awesome slaw. I have a deadly nut allergy (hence the site BubbleChild.com), so I subbed roasted flax seeds for the pistachio, and it worked out marvelously.
    Thank you for sharing… and in such a fun way!

    1. Awe; thank you so much and great to hear from you Erica! SO happy to hear you enjoyed it. Flax seeds are a perfect addition to this. Have a great day!

  2. This salad is honestly BEAUTIFUL. Just sent you an e-mail about Monterey, so excited that you’ll be in California. Can’t wait to see pics!

  3. I wouldn’t mind it if my date showed up with a big bunch of that gorgeous ultra green spinach. 😉 The colors of the salad do look like a bouquet. Nice use of pistachios here!

  4. Hi Amie,

    I wanted to ask your thoughts on this Dr. Oz meal plan a friend of mine started: http://ca.delish.com/cooking-shows/food-tv/dr-oz-diet-recipes#slide-8

    It looks interesting.
    Another friend of mine is following a book by Keri Glassman,with meal plans and recipes. Her book is called the “slim, calm, sexy diet”.

    I am looking for meal plans to follow since I struggle with intuitive eating and don’t have time to think about what to eat or when; a plan would free up that thinking time and take the stress out of my lack of intuition. It would also make grocery shopping an efficient task.

    My only concern with Dr.Oz’s and Glassman’s plans are that they are very low-calorie. Would I lose weight? I’d rather just maintain weight than lose.

    Thank you Amie for your delightful website.

    1. Thank you and great to hear from you! I am friends with Keri Glassman; she is wonderful and my neighbor, as well. I don’t follow any diets nor do I count any calories or follow any meal plans and I suggest that you simply just eat what makes you feel good and make sure to eat good sources of real fiber, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains as well as lean proteins. I wouldn’t recommend following any meal plans as they are made for the masses and they are not practical for someone to follow day to day.
      Keep your head up and good luck; just eat clean, real food and you will learn to love it.