Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad

This delicious pea shoot salad is fancied up with fresh pickled cherries, delicious jazz apples, feta cheese and crunchy pistachios. This is one fantastic salad!

Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

For years I thought having a salad meant iceberg lettuce topped in thick Ranch dressing.  To make my salad even better I would also top it with cheese, croutons and sunflower seeds…oh and some bacon bits. I seriously couldn’t understand why people hated salad or why they would call it “rabbit food.” Surely rabbits didn’t eat bacon.

Then it was brought to my attention that my salad probably had more calories in it than a Big Mac and my world was rocked. No more croutons and bacon bits? Say whaaaaaa? 

Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

Now I should probably say that I don’t think eating a fattening salad is at all bad. Go for it! BUT if you are trying to eat healthy you could probably try harder….you know? But I also don’t believe that eating salad has be to be depressing or boring. Nothing makes me more angry than a boring salad. A boring salad with no dressing or toppings is basically the equivalent of someone giving up and just living in sweat pants. You gotta make it your own!

For this salad I used fresh pea shoots I found at Trader Joe’s and topped it with homemade pickled cherries {I shared the recipe last week}, fresh Jazz apples, feta cheese and pistachios. I gotta have the nuts for crunch. Whats a meal without the crunch?

I made a simple honey mustard vinaigrette and called it lunch. If I were going to make this for dinner I would add a little grilled chicken as well. I think the added protein could really push this beauty into a totally satisfying supper.

Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad by Nutmeg Nanny


Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad

This delicious pea shoot salad is fancied up with fresh pickled cherries, delicious jazz apples and crunchy pistachios. This is one fantastic salad.

Yield: 1 large salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


For salad:
4 ounces pea shoots
6 pickled cherries, cut in half
1 Jazz apple, thinly sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped pistachios

For honey mustard vinaigrette:
1 small shallot, minced
2 tablespoons honey mustard
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


For salad:

In a large bowl add all ingredients and toss. Drizzle with honey mustard vinaigrette and serve immediately.

For honey mustard vinaigrette:
In a medium sized bowl add shallot, honey mustard and champagne vinegar. Whisk together to combine and slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking. Once fully combined season with salt and pepper to taste.

Note: The apples will brown quickly so you can either dip them in lemon juice to keep them from browning or add them right before serving.

Disclosure: I was provided free apples and monetary compensation for creating this recipe. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

40 Responses to “Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 30, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Pretty meal alert! That salad is gorgeous girl. I hate that salads can totally outweigh a big mac in calories…but it looks like you nixed that AND kept the flavah! Pinned!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 30, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love all salads, especially ones that are beautiful like this!!

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    Beth @ The First Year — July 30, 2014 at 8:23 am

    We don’t have a Trader’s Joe’s by us, but when I go back to Minnesota to visit my family I love stopping in there. And I am one of those people who believe salad is definitely not rabbit food!

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    Christie Daruwalla — July 30, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I adore pea shoots. This salad is going to be loaded with flavor. Sounds like the perfect salad

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    Becca from It's Yummi! — July 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Oh my gosh… all sorts of new things to try! I’ve never had pea shoots or pickled cherries, but both of them are just shouting “I’m beautiful!” 🙂

  6. #
    Christine at Cook the Story — July 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Why, hello gorgeous salad!

  7. #
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — July 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I’ve never had pickled cherries, I must make them and this salad looks perfect!

  8. #
    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish — July 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I’ve actually never had pea shoots before, but now I must try them 🙂

  9. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — July 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm


  10. #
    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — July 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    This salad is gorgeous! I am ready to dive in and have some!

  11. #
    Jenni — July 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I have been in love with the idea of this salad since I read the recipe name a week or so ago. And in person–I really, really love it. Fantastic combination, Brandy. Seriously!

  12. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — July 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    What a creative salad! We love pea shoots – and pickled cherries!? Genius! Definitely going on our must-try list!

  13. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 30, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I’m going to be up front here and say that I almost borderline hate salads. It would never be my go-to meal, there’s just not enough there for me. However, I’d eat this and then follow it up with a baked potato! 🙂

  14. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — July 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Love the pickled cherries…oh, and the pistachios….OK I love it all!!

  15. #
    Angie — July 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This salad is so simple and elegant, it would be perfect for a dinner party!

  16. #
    Jennifer Stewart — July 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I am getting a Trader Joe’s near us very soon and I am keeping this recipe for when they open. I’ll run all the way there and grab some pea shoots just for this salad! Thanks for the recipe. It’s GORGEOUS!!!!!

  17. #
    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — July 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure this is hands-down the cutest salad I have ever seen! I love the flavors going on in there too!

  18. #
    Ginny McMeans — July 30, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    What fun! I absolutely love your pea shoot salad!!!

  19. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — July 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    GIRL! This salad is gorgeous! I love salads. I don’t know what’s wrong with those people. Salads can be just as filling as a steak. Right? Um… yea…

  20. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    This salad is gorgeous! Love the pea shoots in there!

  21. #
    Samantha — July 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the pea shoots. I ate a salad for lunch today that I totally made unhealthy. But it was pretty good… I like the apples and cherries in this!

  22. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — July 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Fantastic salad idea, Brandy! I love these pretty pea shoots…now I will be on the hunt for them. So fresh and so light for these scorching hot summer days!

  23. #
    Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — July 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Pretty, pretty salad. Great flavor combinations!

  24. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — July 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Gorgeous! And I love pea shoots!

  25. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — July 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Wow! What a unique combination of flavors!

  26. #
    Suné Moolman — July 31, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I’m not a big fan of salad, but this looks amazing. I’ll definitely be adding the chicken. 🙂

  27. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

    This looks so light and refreshing!

  28. #
    Meseidy — July 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Beautiful salad and combination! Love the idea of pickled cherries. 😀

  29. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — July 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Such a pretty presentation and delicious too!

  30. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Yep, discovering that about salad definitely falls under the category of ‘rude wake up call’. Recently I had dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant. Their salad was minimalistic like this one and also interesting and delicious. You did a lovely presentation of it. Pickled cherries—-amazing.

  31. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — July 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This salad looks scrumptious 🙂

  32. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 31, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I’m in LOVE! I use to eat salads like that, the more cheese, ranch and bacon the better haha. However I’d go for this pea shoot salad anyday!

  33. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — July 31, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    “Surely rabbits didn’t eat bacon.” Ha!! man this salad is so sophisticated Brandy. Glad I read the post. I think I’m still in the iceberg lettuce stage of life. Hopefully I’ll grow up eventually to pea shoots?? This really does look amazing and delicious. Also, pickled cherries?? Um, awesome. Your blog is super cute, btw. I’m kind of just giggling over her that there are polka dots behind the text of this comment.

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    Joanne Bruno — August 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    This is totally a pinkies up salad! But one you can totally make at home. I love all of these components and probably would have never thought to pair them together. Salad love FTW!


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