Buckwheat, Apple, Cranberry Avocado Salad

A healthy, hearty, lemon-ey salad from the cookbook Blissful Basil. Vegan and gluten free.

Buckwheat, Apple, Cranberry Avocado Salad in bowls with forks

Oh hi – long time no post. Last week, I was a bit sick and down for the count, to say the least. This week, I’m on a healing bender. I have my blender working overtime with crazy green smoothies made with ginger, turmeric and every herb that I’ve read about that contains immune-building qualities. I’m trying to eat lighter and brighter as well because I really do believe that plants can heal.

Which brings me to this recipe from Blissful Basil, a cookbook that couldn’t have arrived at a better time. If you don’t follow Ashley’s blog of the same name, you must! She has the most gorgeous recipes that you can feel great about eating.

In her book, she shares her story about dealing with anxiety as well as other health issues, and how she came to learn that a plant-based diet was just the thing that made her health thrive. The book is filled with 100 creative veggie recipes like Sloppy Shiitakes (her veggie take on a sloppy Joe), Triple Noodle Power Pad Thai, Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars, to name a few. (I’ve bookmarked practically the whole book).

Buckwheat, Apple, Cranberry Avocado Salad

But today’s recipe is this simple, delightful, hearty, lemon-y salad that I just love. Despite its name, buckwheat is actually a gluten-free grain. I had never cooked with buckwheat groats and I have to tell you that I’m obsessed. They take only about 10 minutes to make and they’re similar in texture to farro or wheatberries. The hearty, chewy bite is just so wonderful in this salad. This recipe makes for either a great packable lunch or a delicious dinner, if you just add whatever protein you like served on the side.

How pretty is her book cover? Vegan pizza here I come:

The Blissful Basil Cookbook

I also have my eye on these Pulled Hearts of Palm Tamales with Chipotle Cream and Pinapple Pico de Gallo:

The Blissful Basil Cookbook

A Giveaway: Ashley is so kindly offering a copy of the book to give away – leave a comment to enter! A winner will be chosen at random on Friday. (U.S. and Canadian addresses only)

Or click here to get your copy right now!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Buckwheat, Apple, Cranberry Avocado Salad

This recipe is from the Blissful Basilcookbook and is reprinted with permission from the publisher.
Serves: serves 4 to 6
Buckwheat Salad
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • ⅓ to ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw pepitas
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
Simple Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Add the buckwheat groats to a fine-mesh strainer and thoroughly rinse with cold water. Un a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed buckwheat and water. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Stain and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Transfer the cooked buckwheat to a large nonreactive serving bowl along with the apple, greens, cranberries, and pepitas.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, vigorously whisk together 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper to taste.
  4. To assemble: Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat. If desired, add the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the salad to brighten the flavors, and liberally season with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide among plates and top with the sliced avocado.



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  1. Shilpa

    This recipe looks amazing! Would love this cookbook!

  2. Mary Lou

    Two of my favourite blogs and now cookbooks added to my collection.
    The first recipe of Ashley’s that hooked me was her super seed pesto.
    I love, love, love it!

  3. Kelly Libby

    Oooh. So MANY beautiful recipies!!! I’m learning to cook and would love a new cookbook. Thanks!! ❤

  4. Kristin

    This recipe sounds delicious and will definitely try it out this weekend. Love trying new things. I would also love to win this cookbook and try even more new things 🙂

  5. Kerry

    Can’t wait to make this one! ❤️🍋🌱

  6. Tanya woodard

    I have your love and lemons cookbook, and I think blissfulbasil would be a good addition.

  7. Tori S. from torischaulis.com

    Need to try this recipe! Looks so yummy and I’d LOVE to win this giveaway!

  8. SarahA

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes!!

  9. Robert Brown

    I can see that you are putting a lot of efforts into your blog. Keep posting the good work.Some really helpful information in there.Get healthy hints for modifying recipes at blog.kitchology.com. We provide a wide variety of Special Diet tips, reviews and news to enable healthy meal planning.Nice to see your site. Thanks!

  10. Maggie B

    This looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I actually just discovered Ashley’s blog as well. I would love to be able to experiment with recipes from her book!! I have your book at home right now 🙂 Thanks!!!

  11. Wonderful post! After being sick and eating more veggies, I’m inspired to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet. I would love to have this book to help me cook these meals!

  12. Angel King

    Entering for a chance to win with my fingers crossed!

    (Also – this salad is FANTASTIC.)

  13. Liz S.

    I would love to win this book! Being newly married, we are looking for any new vegetable-based cookbooks for our home!

  14. Amandah from theshiftwellness.com

    Another stunning post! Would love to win this book- I was just eyeing it up yesterday; how funny! Of course, it had me craving that pizza.. always craving pizza, ha! xo

  15. Jean Thrasher

    Thanks to both of you to sharing. All the recipes look yummy.

  16. Audrey Falkenstein

    Thanks for the wonderful blog and recommendation. Would love the cookbook!

  17. Caitlin Stouvenot

    Agh just realizing lately how nice it is to have a physical cookbook in hand, rather than looking on the computer at recipes while I try to cook it! Also so lovely to support the amazing work people do in a concrete way. Hoping to win a copy of this book xx

  18. Hailey

    Both the salad & the cookbook look fantastic!! Can’t wait to have either or 🙂

  19. Gillian

    This salad looks super filling–just how I like them! And those tamales…

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