Chestnut, Apple & Mâche Salad

Happy Monday, friends!!! I can’t believe it is officially SPRING! I mean, I know the calendar says it’s spring but the weather here would say otherwise.  We were given a few really nice days earlier this month then this past weekend mother nature had a mood swing and all the sudden the winter cold and wind was back. 

So since it is spring I decided to serve up a salad recipe today BUT given that fact that it’s still cold out, I decided to make it using warm chestnuts! 

To be honest, I haven’t really made a lot of dishes with chestnuts before but after perusing the store I found packaged shelled and ready-to-eat chestnuts in the produce section and thought they would be delicious in a salad…and they are!


Chestnut, Apple & Mâche Salad Recipe {vegan, gluten free, dairy free}

While chestnuts are technically nuts, they actually have a more meaty/starchy texture as opposed to traditional crunchy nuts which is a great meatless way to give a salad some substance! 

I paired it with tart granny smith apples and golden raisins on a bed of mâche lettuce blend.  Máche, otherwise known as lamb’s lettuce offers a nutty flavor which blends deliciously with the chestnuts and also has a ton of nutrients in it including vitamins B and C plus it’s packed with iron! 

For the dressing, I just drizzled on some olive oil with a splash of white vinegar to keep it simple.  

Chestnut, Apple & Mâche Salad Recipe {vegan, gluten free, dairy free}

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Chestnut, Apple & Mâche Salad 



  • 2 cups mâche lettuce blend
  • 1/2 granny smith apple, sliced 
  • 1/3 cup shelled and ready to eat chestnuts, chopped
  • 7oz golden raisins 
  • olive oil or walnut oil & vinegar, drizzled



  1. Plate lettuce and top with granny smith apples. 
  2. Warm ready to eat chestnuts according to package instructions, measure out 1/3 cup, chop and sprinkle on top of salad then add raisins. 
  3. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. 
  4. Enjoy! 
You might also like:  Meatless Monday: Kale & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

Don’t forget to linkup with myself and Running on Happy if you have a meatless recipe to share! 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday.



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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply March 21, 2016

This looks like a lovely Spring Salad! I will have to give it a try,Pinned :-) Thank you for hosting, have a Great Week!!

Reply March 21, 2016

Ok first this is my dream salad :-) second? I had no idea that's when the lettuce was called. And I love the name LAMBS LETTUCE!!

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply March 21, 2016

I just added apples to my grocery list, Annmarie. It looks delicious! I'm pinning it for later.
With the weather slowly warming up, it's perfect!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 21, 2016

Chestnuts are such a great addition! Most people only think about them during the holiday season, but why not bust them out?

Kaila @ Healthy Helper
Reply March 21, 2016

THIS IS MY PERFECT SALAD!!! I loooooove chestnuts and apples together but have never put them in a salad before! Genius!!! Must make.

Kimberly G
Reply March 21, 2016

This looks yummy! I'm not a big fan of fruit in salad but I also make an exception for granny smith apples :)

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply March 21, 2016

This looks great! Perfect for Spring!

Reply March 21, 2016

Oh yum...I would never think to throw chesnuts in there....this sounds fab!
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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply March 21, 2016

Happy Monday to you too! I am so excited that spring is here and that means more salads.
I love adding some apple to my salads for a bit of a crunch.

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 21, 2016

What a gorgeous salad! I've never cooked with chestnuts before. This looks like a great place to start.

Reply March 21, 2016

This salad is beautiful! I love the chestnuts in there, and the apples add such a great crunch.

Reply March 21, 2016

You know I'm a sucker for a good salad. :)

Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Reply March 21, 2016

I love salad inspiration! Thanks for sharing this one.

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 21, 2016

Spring on a plate! YUM! IDK if I've ever actually had a chestnut...

Reply March 21, 2016

I love my salads and this one looks simply delicious! I especially love how you keep the dressing simple and let the flavors of the salad come through. Happy Meatless Monday!

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply March 21, 2016

This salad screams Spring! I hope you get some warmer temps soon.
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Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
Reply March 21, 2016

Salad perfection!!! I love fruit with my greens. Sometimes I don't even need dressing with all that juicy sweetness.

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 21, 2016

ooh chestnuts are a nice change I will try it for sure! Thanks for linking up with us today too!
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Reply March 21, 2016

You make me want to eat my greens. Seriously!
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Crystal Renaud
Reply March 21, 2016

I am so ready for warm weather and salads like this! Simple but delicious!
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dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
Reply March 21, 2016

this is such an interesting salad. i didn't know mache was a type of lettuce (thanks for sharing that)..and chestnut, i have never tried it either....

im so upset that it doesn't feel like spring here either :( hopefully in a couple of weeks maybe.

Kristy @ Southern In Law
Reply March 22, 2016

This looks amazing - especially with all those delicious textures and flavours! Yum!
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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 23, 2016

This looks very elegant! I love apples in a salad and the chestnuts sounds like a real bonus!

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