Apple Walnut Salad

Summer is almost here in San Francisco, and with the arrival of warmer weather I always crave fresh, light meals that are simple to make. My mom’s apple walnut salad fit the bill nicely yesterday afternoon. Don’t freak out, but there’s mayonnaise involved (and that’s a good thing).

I chopped three of up my favorite apples, Granny Smith, a few walnuts, squeezed lemon juice on top to prevent the apples from browning and stirred in just a bit of mayonnaise to add body to the salad and cut through the acidity of the apples and lemon.

The end result was a sweetly tart summer salad that hit the spot on a breezy Monday afternoon.

This is just the first of many salads I hope to make this summer. I’ll be relying heavily on Mark Bittman’s 101 salads list from last year (Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere pulls off the list’s peach and tomato salad with aplomb and includes some truly mouth-watering photos).

I also love Jules Clancy’s list of salad recipes on Stone Soup. So easy to make and delicious.

What are your favorite summer recipes?

4 Comments on Apple Walnut Salad

  1. Kara
    April 21, 2010 at 6:53 am (14 years ago)

    My favorite also involves granny apples. So, I can't remember where I got this recipe but you dice up avocados, beets, mangos, and granny apples. You sprinkle some goat cheese on and add candied pecans that you can find in any grocery store. Add raspberry vinaigrette and voila! It's my go-to.

    • Marie
      April 21, 2010 at 8:17 am (14 years ago)

      That sounds delicious, Kara! I’ll have to try that some time.

  2. suki
    April 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm (14 years ago)

    We don't use regular mayo. Ryan turned me onto Safflower Mayo – it takes great, and I think they say it's better for you too! 🙂

    • Marie
      April 21, 2010 at 9:15 am (14 years ago)

      Ah, I’ll have to check that out. I’m also a fan of Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise, which my mom uses and tastes great as well, but I haven’t been able to find it at Whole Foods. I might just have to bite the bullet and get it online.


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