Apple Fest Recipe: Crunchy Spinach Apple Salad

I love fruit. With a passion. Part of the way I weaned myself off eating tons of sweets was to substitute it with fruit, and apples in particular are a favorite. So when Walmart encouraged me to create an apple recipe in honor of the Apple Fest event at their stores, I jumped at the chance.

But here’s the thing. I really can’t stand cooked apples. I have a real aversion to soft, mushy food textures, so I generally don’t eat apple pie or cooked apples of any variety, unless they’re unrecognizable in a recipe — like in smoothies or muffins. But I wasn’t in a smoothie mood and didn’t feel like baking. So I came up with a way to use apples in my preferred state: Raw, with the skin.

I’ve shared my favorite salad recipe here before: Spinach and strawberry salad. Well, it has officially been replaced in the No. 1 spot, by my new favorite:

Crunchy Spinach Apple Salad

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  • 4 cups raw spinach
  • 1 honeycrisp apple
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • The juice of 1/4 a lemon
  • Grape Nuts to taste

Makes: 2-3 servings

This salad is super simple — as many salads are — but the combination of flavors is really remarkable, in my opinion.

Start with 4-6 cups of spinach. Chop the stalk of celery and the apple into small pieces.

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In the photo above, I had cut up 2 apples, and realized too late that was a bit too much. Still, I enjoyed every bit of it.

Squeeze the lemon juice on the apple pieces. This will help keep the exposed apple flesh from turning brown.

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Toss the apples and celery together with the spinach in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Grape Nuts to add some extra crunch and a new layer of flavor.

Ta Da! Done, and delicious!

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This salad is best served with a light dressing, or even just a little oil and a tiny amount of vinegar. I used light Italian dressing, and it was the perfect touch.

My husband and I gobbled this up with a light lunch that also included veggie burgers, and I’ll be making it again in the very near future. It was THAT good. I didn’t even leave a single Grape Nut in the bowl when I was done.

Each fall, Walmart hosts an event known as Apple Fest, when they display a bunch of apple varieties, local and non-local, and just generally encourage customers to use the fruit in their dishes. There are a bunch of apple types to choose from, and this time, I wanted to get away from the typical Granny Smith or Red Delicious apples and try something new. The Honeycrisp apples were the perfect complement to this recipe, and the name is a great indicator of how they taste: Sweet with a mild tartness on the back end.

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As always, my biggest complaint is the lack of organic apple varieties. I will keep harping on that until I start to see a change in my store, and trust me that I say this every chance I get. I remedy this as best I can by washing conventional (read: non-organic) apples thoroughly with either mild soap and water or a special fruit wash designed to help remove pesticide residue.

Still, if fall has you in the mood for apples, maybe your local Walmart store will have some organic options. If you try this recipe or Honeycrisp apples, I’d love to know what you think!

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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