Chopped Apple Salad

Overview

Chopped apple salad is delicious and refreshing at any time of the year, but the fall is an ideal time to make it when a new crop of apples are at the peak of ripeness and flavor. Chopped apple salad is versatile and can be served as an appetizer, a main course with the addition of your favorite protein or can be enjoyed as a dessert by the addition of miniature marshmallows and crumbled ginger-spice cookies. Chopped apple salad is fast and easy to prepare, and provides a training experience for children who are ready to begin learning their way around the kitchen.

Step 1

Select your favorite apples that are fresh, firm and unblemished.

Step 2

Wash the apples in clean water while scrubbing with a clean cloth or vegetable pad. Dry them with another cloth.

Step 3

Dice the unpeeled apples by setting them on the stem and using a sharp knife to cut the apple into fourths. Use the knife to cut out the core from each of the wedges and to dice the apples into 1/2-inch cubes.

Step 4

Place the diced apples into a solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice to 1 qt. of cold water for 2 minutes, then drain the apples and pat dry.

Step 5

Combine the dried raisins or cranberries, chopped nuts and mayonnaise and toss together thoroughly. Serve a chilled 1/2-cup serving of the chopped apple salad on a lettuce leaf. The recipe will feed eight guests.

Tips and Warnings

  • Cover the top of the salad with a lid or cellophane wrap to keep it from developing a film on top while chilling. Because none of the ingredients are cooked, be certain to sanitize all utensils, work spaces and hands to prevent contamination.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 medium apples
  • Clean cloth or vegetable pad
  • Sharp knife
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried raisins or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 4 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 medium head lettuce

References

  • Univesity of Kentucky: Easy Apple Salad
  • Michigan State University: Apples
Keywords: chopped apple salad, making apple salad, apple salad recipe

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.