Crunchy Apple Salad - Weekend at the Cottage

Crunchy Apple Salad

Ingredients

Directions

  1. For the dressing: Place the cheese, vinegar, mustard and syrup into a food processor or the canister of an immersion blender. Pulse to incorporate these ingredients. With the machine running on medium speed, slowly add the oil to create a creamy dressing. Set aside until use.
  2. Prepare the salad: Process the carrots and parsnips in a food processor fitted with the fine grater attachment. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Core and cut the apples adding a squeeze of lemon juice to them before adding them to the parsnips and carrots. Add the mint and walnuts and toss. Add the dressing and lightly toss until the ingredients are coated. Adjust to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
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Crispy, crunchy Honeycrisp apples with julienned carrots and parsnip in a honey-feta dressing…

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    15 MIN
  • 6 SERVINGS
Crunchy Apple Salad

This CRUNCHY APPLE SALAD goes with everything!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Ontario Apple Growers. You can follow the OAG on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Carol and I are super proud of the way this simple crunchy salad recipe turned out. We gathered readily available ingredients and partnered them with our favourite type of apple. Then the whole creation gets tossed in a creamy, cheesy dressing – how amazing. Just wait until you try it.

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We’re often asked for pairing suggestions for our recipes, and for this crunchy vegetable salad, we went with simple fare like our CRISPY BREADED PORK CHOPS. We also think it’ll go perfectly with one of our popular sandwiches like our GRILLED PANINI, our EGG SALAD SAMMIE.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go to make it:

Crunchy Salad With Apple

INGREDIENTS

There’s nothing complicated here, all are readily available at your local supermarket. Of course, we’re big fans of buying locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible and if those include organics, even better. You will taste a difference.

Crunchy Salad With Apple

APPLES

We chose HONEYCRISP APPLES because of their glorious crunch and juiciness. Cortlands and Ambrosia would also work well, but try the Honeycrisp because, my goodness, are they ever good.

We’re really thankful to have spent some time recently with the knowledgeable folks at Ontario Apple Growers; they taught us so much about this favourite fruit. If you’d like to learn more about apples, head HERE to visit their website. You can also click HERE to reference their handy apple varietal chart.

Crunchy Salad With Apple

FETA CHEESE DRESSING

The dressing for this salad came from my good friend Kris, whom you might remember from making Thanksgiving extra tasty with her CLASSIC BEAN CASSEROLE RECIPE.

The dressing used in this salad is easy to whip up and I suggest doubling the recipe. I’m making it all the time now with simple greens, shredded cabbage or as a dip with sliced vegetables. YUM!

Crunchy Salad With Apple

THE TOSS

Try to toss this salad gently, enough to just lightly coat all the ingredients. I find that doing so keeps the salad light. That said, I was surprised that the salad kept its crispy texture on day two when I enjoyed leftovers the next day for lunch. This salad sure is amazing.

Two plates of delicious Crunchy Apple Salad

As mentioned at the top of this post, this recipe is part of a collaboration with Ontario Apple Growers. We’re thankful to have met other food-friendly folks on this program – if you have a chance, check out The Kitchen Fairy’s Sheet Pan Pork. Another delicious savory offering we love is The Cookie Writer’s Apple Pork Shepherd’s Pie. Finally, drop over to Little Sweet Baker and get excited about her Apple Butternut Squash Casserole.

A big bowl filled with Crunchy Apple Salad

If you love apples, you’ll definitely love what the OAG is posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Carrots, parsnip, mint, walnuts and a creamy feta dressing – this CRUNCHY APPLE SALAD is fab!

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Crunchy Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • For the salad:
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 2 parsnips, peeled
  • 3 Honeycrisp apples, cored, sliced and roughly chopped
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. For the dressing: Place the cheese, vinegar, mustard and syrup into a food processor or the canister of an immersion blender. Pulse to incorporate these ingredients. With the machine running on medium speed, slowly add the oil to create a creamy dressing. Set aside until use.
  2. Prepare the salad: Process the carrots and parsnips in a food processor fitted with the fine grater attachment. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Core and cut the apples adding a squeeze of lemon juice to them before adding them to the parsnips and carrots. Add the mint and walnuts and toss. Add the dressing and lightly toss until the ingredients are coated. Adjust to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

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