Zippy Apple Salad
Wow… it seems like I’ve been doing nothing but cooking these past few days, and as a result, zero posts, a bajillion photos and I probably won’t be getting any sleep tonight!
I’ve been trying to get a gluten free banana snacking cake to work, and last night’s attempt- total flop. Slimy, stinky goo. eugh. (how on earth does a cake get stinky?!) Maybe I should take pictures of these expensive recipe failures … at least it could be entertaining?
Anyways, on to this lovely, simple salad. I served it a few days ago when I had some friends over, and we were all surprised at just how good it tastes- there is a tartness from the apples, sweetness from the grapes, a savoury hint from the celery, and somehow the lemon juice just perks it up so that they all taste complex and lovely. Who knew.
This could be a great late summer/ early fall recipe when the apples and grapes and celery are in season, or a winter recipe when there’s like nothing else on those grocery shelves. Either way, since its so simple, try to get the best ingredients you can. Organic celery has a much stronger flavour, and get the red grapes that are firm to the touch but seedless. You could also get the dark black grapes and cut out the seeds. Granny Smith apples are your best choice. They are tart, and their texture and taste works well with the other strong flavours. If you use a McIntosh or other red apple, you won’t get the same flavour experience.
Ok! Here’s the quickie recipe for this morning. Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to post some really fun stuff…
If you want to do a variation and you can handle dairy, try tossing this with a combination of vanilla yogurt and maple syrup. mmm. I remember I used to have this salad for breakfast. Toss in a few walnuts or toasted pecans, and you are good to go!
Zippy Apple Salad
- 3 green apples (preferably Granny Smith )
- 5 celery stalks
- 1/2 lb red seedless grapes
- juice of 2 lemons (Citrus free: try sprinkling a touch of citric acid, or just use some white wine vinegar)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the grapes and cut them in half. You should get about 2 cups worth. Toss them into a bowl.
- Rinse and chop your celery stalks, you should get about 2 cups as well. Add to bowl.
- Cut your apple into bite sized slices, leave the skin on. Add to bowl but don’t toss yet.
- Squeeze the lemons over the bowl, making sure to cover as much of the apple as possible.
- Add olive oil, salt to taste.
- Toss. Voila!