When it’s apple season we’re looking for all the ways to turn this delicious fruit into something spectacular! This honey-sweetened apple salad is a fantastic treat to have made up in the fridge for any time of day (breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert!). It’s also a wonderful potluck side dish and a huge crowd-pleaser.
Why I Love This Apple Salad Recipe
I’ve taken this salad to countless potlucks, and also served it many times when we have guests for a meal. It’s super easy and tasty, whips up in minutes, and you probably already have all the ingredients needed on hand!
As I mentioned, it definitely ushers in the flavors of fall, just like these 50 other apple recipes (you must try the apple crisp!). I also love that you can save the cores to all the apples and turn them into homemade apple cider vinegar (and here are 5 reasons why you want to be taking ACV!).
- Apples – You can use your favorite apple here, but I’d stick to the sweeter varieties. Pink Lady apples are my favorite!
- Lemon juice – This isn’t for the final recipe itself, but we all eat with our eyes first, so the lemon water will help keep the fruit from turning brown due to oxidation.
- Raw honey – Raw is best, especially since this recipe isn’t heated. Get all the added benefits from that raw honey if you have it available!
- Coconut – The coconut adds a fantastic texture and a bit of healthy fat. You can use finely shredded or coarser coconut chips, whichever you prefer.
- Spices – The spices make this one of my favorite fall treats. The combination of nutmeg and cinnamon almost taste like you’re sipping a cup of apple cider!
- Mix-ins – We use chopped nuts (whatever we have on hand) and raisins or craisins for the mix-ins. It’s delicious without them, but every mix-in adds its own pleasant texture and flavor. Get creative!
How to Make Honey-Sweetened Apple Salad
- Fill a large bowl about 1/2 full of water and add the lemon juice.
- Quarter each apple, then cut the core out.
- Thinly slice wedges off each quarter.
- Add to the bowl just as soon as they are sliced to keep from browning.
- As the bowl gets full, rotate the apples to make sure each slice comes into contact with the lemon juice. Add more water if necessary.
- When all apples are sliced and coated, drain the excess water.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and toss well.
- Adjust seasonings and sweetener to taste.
- Chill if not serving right away.
More Fall-Inspired Recipes You May Enjoy
- Grain-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars
- Fermented Sparkling Apple Cider
- Panna Cotta with Caramel Apple Drizzle
- Apple Cranberry Crisp (Instant Pot Recipe)
- Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins
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Honey-Sweetened Apple Salad
Make this crowd-pleasing fall-inspired honey sweetened apple salad for your next potluck or family gathering. I've taken this to countless potlucks, and also served it many times when we have guests for a meal. It's super easy and tasty.
- 6-8 whole apples I like Pink Lady
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- water to cover apples
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg ground
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup nuts soaked, dehydrated, and chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
Fill a large bowl about 1/2 full of water and add the lemon juice.
Quarter each apple, then cut the core out. Thinly slice wedges off each quarter. Add to the bowl just as soon as they are sliced to keep from browning.
When all apples are sliced and coated, drain the excess water.
Add the rest of the ingredients and toss well.
Adjust seasonings and sweetener to taste.
Chill if not serving right away.
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Yummy. I finally made this after our visit. I ‘ve been wanting to forever! I used dried cranberries and walnuts because that’s what I had…and I just plain forogt the agave/honey. It was delicious, soaking in lemon water means that it still looks beautiful and tastes delicious today for lunch! 😛 Thanks again!
Audra, I’m so happy that you made it! It sounds yummy with cranberries and walnuts… good substitutions. It also sounds very pretty with that gorgeous red of the cranberries.
Thank you for this. It has been a long time since I’ve made apple salad, in fact had sort of forgotten about it! It looks heavenly. I think I am going to try it this way: Mix the water with lemon juice and soak chopped walnuts and raisins overnight, then in the morning, add the sliced apples and let them soak while I gather the other things. Drain, and mix it all together. I have found that I like my raisins soaked and moist and also the walnuts and then I don’t have to dehydrate them. Lazy. I know. 🙂
That’s great, Yolanda! I’m really glad you shared what you’d do – I know that will be helpful for others!
Oh, this does look delicious! It would probably make a great dessert too! I want to go try it right away!