This healthy apple salad is a salad recipe with fruit ready in 10 minutes! 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! File under: green apple salad recipes.
How To Make Apple Salad
We love this green 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!” 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 using apple for salad in this way!
With this apple pear 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.
It’s a great last-minute addition to a meal, an easy side dish for a pitch-in, and simple kids’ recipe for them to 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!
Before we get to the recipe for apple salad, here are some common questions about this recipe:
What is the best apple for salad?
You can use any apples for salad, but often the crisp, tart, green apples work best. Granny Smith apples work well with lettuce or spinach salads and can balance between sweet and tart of other salad ingredients.
How do you slice apples for salad?
Slice apples for salad in thicker cuts by cutting the apple in half and then into quarters. Then, slice off the core with the seeds and slice each quarter into smaller cuts. When slicing apples for salads, there is no need to peel the apple. Just wash the apple and cut the apple with the peel on.
Should you peel apples for fruit salad?
Whether or not you should peel apples for fruit salad depends on the kind of fruit salad you are making. In general, it’s better to leave the peel on the apple so that they don’t turn brown quickly. If you’re peeling apples, toss them in lemon juice to prevent them from browning quickly.
What is a good dressing for apple salad?
You can, of course, use any apple salad dressing you want, but we really recommend that you give the Poppy Seed dressing a chance! (We happen to love this specific one.)
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Easy Apple in Salad Recipe 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 Cranberry Apple Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
You can also add apple salad with chicken if you want a meat option or even make this a spinach apple salad (instead of lettuce).
- 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.
We made our apple salad with sunflower, but you can make the apple salad with walnuts or any other nuts, too. (Or, even leave the nuts out of the salad!)
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.