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Looking for apple recipes? (Or, simple savory apple recipes?) This healthy apple salad is perfect for lunch or even as a festive side dish for a holiday dinner. The cubed apples and pears, sprinkled with cranberries, make a beautiful apple cranberry salad that all ages will love!
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! apple in salad! YUCK!” 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.
(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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Simple Apple Salad with Pear and Cranberry and Poppy Seed Dressing
Apple Salad with Pear and Cranberry
- 1 bunch
Roman or butter lettuce(washed and torn)
- 1/2 Cup
Green apple(cored and chopped)
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.
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