Fall Fest: Apples Give Salad Crunch

We’re kicking off our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up is the autumnal favorite: apples.

You could spend hours browsing the extensive selection of in-season apples at the farmers’ market, but I’m happy to head straight for the Honey Crisp variety. Some might call these  “fancy” because they cost a little more.  But one bite of this super sweet and crunchy gift from the orchard and I promise, you’ll be sold.

So I’m happy to eat these as soon as I can get my hands on them, but their super-sweet quality and zero chance for mealy texture makes them the perfect candidate for a salad mix-in.

Kelsey uses green apples in this Spinach and Green Apple Salad (but I swap in my Honey Crisp favorites) that pairs their crunchy texture with baby spinach leaves and walnuts.

Giada’s Holiday Salad can be served any time of year. The apple and endive base is complemented by the creaminess of Gruyere cheese and avocado slices.

Keep the theme going through dessert and add apples to a fruit salad. Try Hungry Girl’s Ginormous Fruit Salad Surprise and swap in your fall favorites from the market.

Any way you slice them, apples are the perfect addition to any sweet or savory salad.

More Apple Recipes from Family and Friends

CIA Dropout: Apple-Roasted Duck
The Cultural Dish: Apple Cider Martini
And Love It Too: Fried Apples (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Vegan)
From My Corner of Saratoga: Easy Skillet Apple Pie (A Southern Living Recipe Reviewed)
Haute Apple Pie: Baked Apple Pancake
Virtually Vegan Mama: Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Apple Pancakes
What’s Gaby Cooking: Apple Cake
FN Dish: Savory Apple Recipes
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Apple and Caramelized Onion Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Pan Fried Apple Rings (Gluten-Free)
Glory Foods: Caramel Apple Upside Down Cupcakes
Daily*Dishin: Apple, Bacon, Feta Salad With Maple Vinaigrette
Dishin & Dishes: Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Cooking With Elise: Wholegrain Apple Oat Pancakes