Arugula Apple Salad Walnut-miso dressingThis fresh bright arugula-apple salad was inspired by Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food. Sweet and crunchy apple chunks and thin carrot ribbons balance out the peppery arugula. The walnut-miso dressing is rich and comforting.

I’ll be reviewing and giving away the glorious Japanese Farm Food cookbook at the end of the month. For now, enjoy this farm-fresh salad with Japanese influences, inspired by one of the author’s dressings.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
low-sodium or migraine diets

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Arugula-Apple Salad with Walnut-Miso Dressing | Recipe Renovator

Arugula-apple salad with carrot ribbons and walnut-miso dressing

Simply beautiful arugula apple salad with a quick dressing and colorful carrot ribbons.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 8 servings


  • 6 tbsp walnuts raw (42 g)
  • 2 tbsp miso any kind (30 g)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar also called rice vinegar
  • 8 cups arugula
  • 4 apples large, crisp
  • 4 carrots medium or large


  • Place the walnuts, miso, and rice wine vinegar in the blender with 2 tablespoons filtered water and blend until smooth. Add more water 1 tablespoon at a time to get a pourable but still thick consistency.
  • Wash and spin dry the arugula if necessary. Pre-bagged arugula should already be clean and ready to eat. Place a large pile on each salad plate.
  • Peel the carrot, then use the peeler to cut ribbons directly onto the salad plates.
  • Wash the apple. Right before serving, dice the apple and add to the plates. Add dressing.


Per serving:
  • 121 calories
  • 4 g fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 277 mg sodium
  • 454 mg potassium
  • 20 g carbohydrate
  • 4 g fiber
  • 13 g sugars
  • 3 g protein
  • 3  Weight Watchers Points Plus
Rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar are essentially the same thing, being fermented from rice. You do not want seasoned rice wine vinegar, which includes sugar, salt, and other flavorings. Choose an organic rice vinegar if available. Baby arugula and fresh-picked arugula is sweeter and less peppery.
Store extra dressing in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days.