This healthy apple salad is a salad recipe with fruit that kids and adults will love! And, it is a perfect apple salad for all seasons — salad recipe for summer, holiday salads, or ideas on what to do with apples after fall apple orchard picking!
We love this apple salad and it’s one of our go-to easy apple recipes.
Before all of you wrinkle your nose with “Blech! Salad recipe with apples” or “I don’t like apple salad with lettuce!” attitudes, let me tell you that every time I make this at gatherings, people love it.
I mean loooooove it!
With this creamy apple salad, you get a nice mix of crispness between the fruit and lettuce, some tartness with dried cranberries, crunchiness with sunflower seeds, and then an amazing poppy seed dressing to top it all off.
So, what is a good dressing for apple salad?
You can, of course, use any dressing you want, but we really recommend that you give the Poppy Seed dressing a chance! (We happen to love this specific one.)
It’s a great last-minute addition to a meal, an easy side dish for a pitch-in, and simple enough for little hands to help make!
By the way, if you’re taking this salad on-the-go for a pitch-in, holiday party, or whatever, just add the dressing when you arrive at the party so that the lettuce doesn’t get soggy.
This recipe is perfect for fall apple and pumpkin picking, too!
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Easy Apple Salad Paired with Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship
We decided to pair up our apple recipe with the children’s book Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway.
Just like apples and lettuce seem an unlikely pairing, so do apples and worms.
However, when little Mac apple meets Will the worm, they become fast friends.
But . . . apples and worms aren’t supposed to be friends, right?
Soon, Mac is being called things like “Bad Apple” and “Rotten!” for his friendship with Will.
Mac decides to stand up to the bullies and fight for his friendship, no matter how different he and Will are from each other.
This engaging story will open doors for dialogue with your kids about diversity, bullying, differences, friendship and more!
Listed Book Age Range: 3-5 years
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Let’s get to the apple salad recipe!
How To Make Apple Salad
Simple Apple Salad with Pear, Cranberry, and Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 bunch Roman or butter lettuce, (washed and torn)
- 1/2 Cup Dried cranberries
- 1 Green apple, (cored and chopped)
- 1 Pear, (peeled, cored and chopped)
- 2 Tablespoons Sunflower seed kernels
- Poppy Seed Dressing, (to taste)
- Toss together lettuce, apple, pear and cranberries.
- Right before serving, add dressing.
- Top with sunflower seeds.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.