Asian Apple Salad

Overview

Asian apple salad is very easy to prepare, is nutritious and has a flavor profile that your guests may not be familiar with but will certainly enjoy. While Asian apple-pears are actually a pear, they resemble an apple in texture and flavor and are often referred to as apple-pears. An Asian apple salad does not require the addition of this fruit, and any type of apple can be substituted. Asian seasonings have a unique flavor that is very appealing when applied to traditional American dishes.

Step 1

Wash the apple-pears, Napa cabbage, snow peas and red bell pepper thoroughly in clean water. Place them on a clean towel to dry.

Step 2

Use an apple corer to remove the core of the unpeeled apple and an apple wedger to cut the apple into slices. Dice the apple into 1/4-inch cubes and submerge in a solution of 1/4-cup lemon juice to 1 pint of water. Leave the apples in the solution for approximately 2 minutes to prevent them from turning brown. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

Step 3

Slice the Napa cabbage, green onions and red bell pepper into thin strips with a sharp knife and set aside.

Step 4

Mince the peeled, fresh ginger, minus the stems, very finely.

Step 5

Whisk the canola oil, sesame oil, minced ginger and soy sauce together in a shaker.

Step 6

Mix the apple-pears, Napa cabbage, green onions, red bell pepper, roasted peanuts and sesame seeds in a large bowl, pour the dressing over it and toss gently but thoroughly. Serve chilled to 5 to 6 guests.

Tips and Warnings

  • Since all of the ingredients are prepared without cooking, be certain to first wash your hands thoroughly and sanitize the utensils and work area.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Asian apple-pears
  • Apple corer
  • Apple wedger
  • Clean towel
  • Lemon juice
  • 6 cups Napa cabbage
  • 6 green onions
  • 6 oz. snow peas
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • Sharp knife
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Large bowl
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1½ tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • Shaker

References

  • University of Massachusetts: Nutrition Education Program - Asian Slaw
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About this Author

Freelance writing since 2009, Tom Ross has 30 years of corporate management and hands-on experience in the supermarket industry. Ross was featured on the cover of "Instore Buyer" magazine and his articles have appeared on eHow.