This delicious spiralized apple cranberry salad I’ve happily served to my family already twice. The first time I used it as starter before a regular meal, the next time as a healthy dessert. Both times this simple but creative salad was a winner. The cranberries provide the subtle sweetness while the almonds add crunchiness to the salad. With a little twist you could even turn it into a refined Thanksgiving slaw. More about it in a minute.
And yes, it can be ready within 10 minutes! As the apples are used with skin you get an extra portion of vitamin C. You can even top the vitamin C content if you pick fresh apples directly from the tree.
A vitamin rich salad all year round
If you are an avid clean eater you probably try to serve a salad to your meals as often as you can?! In our little family we are just three of us, plus two rabbits and yet our vegetable supply is often depleted very quickly.
One food you will always find in our pantry is…of course apples, due to their long shelf life. This healthy salad recipe comes really handy for times when you want to serve some fresh vitamins to your family but you just don’t have the vegetables at hand. So now, you don’t have any excuses…
- 1 spiralized red apple
- 1 spiralized green apple
- (if you don't have a spiralizer simply cut the apples into matchsticks.)
- 50 grams almond flakes, roasted (or walnuts)
- 50 grams cranberries
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- 1 tablespoon honey/maple syrup (optional)
- Combine spiralized apples in large bowl.
- Whisk lemon juice, (olive oil), mustard (and honey/maple syrup) in medium bowl to blend.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add dressing to apples and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with cranberries and almond flakes and toss slightly again.
- Serve immediately.
- Make sure to store this salad not longer than an hour in your fridge as otherwise the apples might turn brown. Also the almonds will lose their crunchiness after a while.
Variation tip 1: combine it with cheese
You can imagine that there a many ways how you could vary this simple apple salad recipe. One yummy variation could be to add some feta or goat cheese for a filling lunch. The salty cheese brings a great contrast to the sweet-sour salad. You could also replace one apple and increase the vegetable content with a spiralized turnip or kohlrabi for a less sweet entree.
Variation tip 2: Thanksgiving slaw
You can use this recipe as base and turn it easily into a Thanksgiving slaw. How? For 8 servings just double the dressing, cranberries and almonds. Spiralize 2 apples and a small head of green cabbage. Yes, you can spiralize cabbage too, just make sure to use a good quality spiralizer and choose the broader blade. Combine all ingredients as described above and ready is a delicious Thanksgiving slaw.