Spring Wedge Salad

This Spring Wedge Salad is bursting with fresh and flavorful ingredients like smoked apple bits, tomatoes, and a light and refreshing Vegan Ranch Dressing. Today’s post comes with a bonus too. I have some news about an exciting vegan recipe contest with some very cool prizes. Throw your hands in the air with me!

A Spring Wedge Salad features cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, and honey smoked apple bits

I’ll let you in on a little secret about me. I love salads. I could eat one every day…and I usually do!

Believe it or not, there are some salads that I gave up when I became vegan. I know what you must be thinking. That is some hardcore diet…when you can’t even eat a salad!

But before you get all crazy on me (thanks, Heart!), just take think about some of today’s salads. The base is all good, but the toppings don’t always weigh in on the healthy side.

A light, spring salad with vegan ranch dressing

Take for example your typical Wedge Salad. This one-time favorite found its way on my “forbidden” list because it usually includes blue cheese, bacon bits, and a dairy-based ranch type dressing.

It was easy to imagine this salad without the blue cheese. Pardon my bad French manners, but I never really liked blue cheese all that much anyway. I have a thing against mold I guess.

But no bacon? No ranch-type dressing? That means you’re left with just a hunk of iceberg left on the plate. What’s the point?

Two wedges of iceburg lettuce adorned with smokey apple bits waiting to be eaten.

But recently I felt motivated to give this salad a makeover. It was a challenge.

Then again, lots of things can be challenging to me.

I wanted a healthy alternative to bacon, not just the processed version, bacon bits.

A vertical shot of Namely Marly's Spring Wedge Salad

That’s when my secret ingredient came to mind.

Here’s a little something about me. I can’t keep a secret for too long. That’s why I wait until the last minute to by presents. Otherwise I just can’t stand the suspense of it all.

I feel the same way with you. I can’t keep my secret ingredient to myself, so I’ll just show you.

Looking down on a red apple that was used to create smokey apple bits for this salad.

Yes, it was that simple. I chopped up an apple into bit-size pieces, sauteed them in a skillet with a little bit of maple syrup and smoke sauce, added a little salt and there you have it! Smoky Apple Bits.

The texture is not crispy like bacon, but I didn’t mind that at all. Maybe it was because the iceberg lettuce provided the crunch I was craving.

Or maybe it’s just because I was so in love with eating this Spring Wedge Salad. Yep, that was definitely it.

Wedge Salad is a great summertime side dish.

And now I have another “secret” I want to share with you. It’s not a secret really, but I’m so excited it feels like a secret! Pull over a chair and I’ll whisper the tantalizing news in your ear.

How to Make Vegan Spring Wedge Salad

In a small bowl combine the mayo, soymilk, garlic powder, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Give it a good whisk or two to incorporate all the ingredients and place in the fridge. You know, so it can chill out awhile.

Get out that head of iceberg lettuce and get it ready to become a salad by removing the core and cutting it into quarters.

Arrange the quartered iceberg wedges on serving plates, drizzle them with that Delicious Vegan Ranch Dressing and top each each with the Smoky Apple Bits, sweet peppers, onions, and tomatoes halves.

Smoky Apple Bits

Seems like I’m always looking for ways to add a bit of smoky to my recipe. It’s a great substitute for bacon. For example, there’s my bacon-flavored almond slivers. In fact, that would be great on this recipe too.

Instead, I took bits of apple and infused them with smoky flavor. Take these ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and diced (I left the skin on…that’s the healthy part!)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons smoke sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt

In a skillet over medium heat, add the apple slices, smoke sauce, and maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until the liquid is incorporated into the apple. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and then set aside to cool.

Two wedges of iceburg lettuce adorned with smokey apple bits waiting to be eaten.

Spring Wedge Salad

This vegan Spring Wedge Salad is a crispy delight that is a perfect side salad for your favorite vegan dinner recipes.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spring Wedge Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons plant-based milk make sure it’s plain…not vanilla flavored
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell peppers
  • 8 cherry tomatoes , halved (or as many as you’d like)

Smoky Apple Bits

  • 1 medium apple cored and diced (I left the skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

Spring Wedge Salad

  • In a small bowl combine the mayo, milk, garlic powder, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Give it a good whisk or two to incorporate all the ingredients and place in the fridge.
  • Remove the core of the iceberg lettuce and cut it into quarters.
  • Arrange the quartered iceberg wedges on serving plates, drizzle them with the vegan ranch dressing and top each each with Smoky Apple Bits, sweet peppers, onions, and tomatoes halves.
  • Serve immediately.

Smoky Apple Bits

  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the diced apple, smoke sauce, and maple syrup.
  • Cook over medium heat until the liquid is incorporated into the apple.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and then set aside to cool.

Serve this salad with a tall glass of iced tea out on your deck or patio…because that’s the best way to eat a Wedge Salad. Enjoy!

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