Cozy Cameo: Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Honey Crisp Apple

Cozy Cameo: Taking A Bite Out Of The Big Honey Crisp Apple Image

It was love at first bite the first time I tasted a fresh, Honey Crisp apple some years back. I had never heard of this type of apple, but the name alone sounded absolutely mouthwatering and enticing. Firm to the touch, it had a distinct, satisfyingly crisp snap that was unlike any other apple I had ever bitten into; and the fresh, perfectly sweetly tart juice was so abundant that it dripped down my chin without my even minding it one little bit. Glorious! Each bite of this scrumptious piece of nature was a pleasure, and by the time I had finished it, my belly was full and happy. And I was hooked for life. Chances are, if you’ve ever eaten a Honey Crisp apple yourself, you surely know of what I speak.

Honey Crisp Salad

Honey Crisp Salad

There are things that God provides us through nature that truly are a pleasure to enjoy; that is their very purpose. Not only are they a pleasure to the taste buds, but to the very fibers of our physical beings, as they marvelously feed us the needed nutrients and living vitamins we can’t live without. They contain such colorful flavor and such satisfaction to the senses on every level that very little needs to be done with these gems that nature produces, save perhaps a couple of flourishes just to highlight what they already bring to the table. And for me, nothing is more exciting than simply and gorgeously tossing together a handful of fresh, clean ingredients to create that perfect seasonally inspired plate.

Honey Crisp Salad

A sweet, crunchy apple salad is they very type of seasonal snack or light meal that sounds so appealing to me during this time of the year. The crispness of tart, juicy Honey Crisp apples; the sweet, toasty crunch of candied walnuts; the peppery hints of the strewn greens, all drizzled with a spiced cider vinaigrette, are what the flavors of early October are all about for me. And getting creative with what’s available in abundance right now is all a part of the pleasure. Go on. Take a bite.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


Honey Crisp Salad

Honey Crisp Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Sweet Spiced Cider Vinaigrette
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(Serves about 4)


2 heads frisee, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 cups wild arugula
1 cup candied walnuts
2 large Honey Crisp apples, sliced into thin matchsticks
• Spiced Cider Vinaigrette (recipe below)


-In a large bowl, add the frisee, arugula, walnuts and about half of the matchstick-sliced apples, and drizzle lightly with some of the Spiced Cider Vinaigrette; add equal portions of the salad to bowls or plates, and then top each salad with equal portions of the remaining matchstick-sliced apples and another generous drizzle of the vinaigrette; serve as is, or garnish with a few additional candied walnuts.

Spiced Cider Vinaigrette ingredients:

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons walnuts, lightly chopped (you can use candied or plain)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon plus a pinch salt
• Pinch cumin
• Pinch curry powder
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil


-Add all ingredients through the curry powder into the bowl of a food processor, and process until everything is well combined and smooth; with the processor running, slowly drizzle in the oil and continue to process until the vinaigrette is well emulsified and blended.

(*This makes about 1 cup, so you may have additional dressing left over which you can store in the fridge.)

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  • Isabelle @ Crumb October 8, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Honeycrisp apples are my absolute favourites, which is too bad because they’re usually only around for such a short time. Love the idea of pairing them with candied walnuts and a spiced vinaigrette to play up the very best of their characteristics.
    Beautiful photos, BTW!

  • julia October 9, 2012, 11:38 am

    I love honey crisps apples and this salad looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Suzanne October 9, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Wow, what a great salad. I saw this on foodgawker and had to stop over and take a closer look. I adore the honeycrisp apple and in salad with a spicy vinaigrette yum! Your photo of the salad on the fork is gorgeous! Cheers :)

  • Sophie January 22, 2014, 2:33 pm

    This salad is amazing, i chose it for my christmas menu, and had to do it again three times by popular demand during the holidays.
    The combination of flavors makes it the perfect sweet & spicy christmassy salad.
    thanks to you !

    • The Cozy Apron January 22, 2014, 4:15 pm

      Hi Sophie, thank you so much for sharing that with me! I actually never thought of this salad as a “Christmas” or holiday salad, but you’re right – the sweet-savory flavors would work well. I’m so happy that others got to enjoy this as well; and I’m honored that my little salad got to be a part of your Christmas menu!

  • Howie October 28, 2014, 7:27 am

    This salad looks fantastic. Will have to try it out, especially the dressing!
    Thanks 😀

  • Christy November 6, 2014, 4:37 am

    Do you candy the nuts yourself or buy them that way? How would I make those? This salad sounds so good!

    • The Cozy Apron November 6, 2014, 3:39 pm

      Hi Christy, no I actually don’t! Trader Joe’s (and most other markets) has some really delicious ones—much easier! :-) Hope you give this a try!

  • Julio November 7, 2014, 6:51 pm

    Is it ok to use olive oil instead? Or is Canola a key ingredient? Thank you

  • Ragan December 25, 2015, 12:09 pm

    I made this for my family this Thanksgiving, and it was such a hit that I’m serving it again this Christmas! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • The Cozy Apron December 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

      Ragan, so excited to read that! I’m thrilled to have my recipe be a part of your holiday season.

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