Apple Lime Salad with Pita Croutons & Spicy Cinnamon Walnuts

Apple Lime Salad with Pita Croutons & Spicy Cinnamon Walnuts

Thinly sliced apples tossed with fresh lime juice, olive oil, scallions and parsley plus crunchy pita bread croutons and spicy cinnamon walnuts. A flavor party in the making.

I’m having a serious love affair with apples. Lately I have been throwing them into every single salad I make. The end is not near and I’m completely happy about it.

I recommend using sweet apples in this salad to balance out the sourness of the lime. Two sours = major puckering. If you do find it overly sour combat it by drizzling in a teaspoon or two of honey to taste.

Rather than using plain, toasted walnuts I used the spicy cinnamon walnuts I made for New Years eve. They fit in perfectly with the rest of the flavors and are delicious on just about any type of salad. They’re worth the small amount of effort they take to make and will make the salad special. Plus you’ll have extra to munch on or for garnishing future salads. If you do use the spicy nuts skip the red pepper flakes.

Apple Lime Salad

Apple Lime Salad with Pita Croutons & Spicy Cinnamon Walnuts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 4 as a side dish

Apple Lime Salad with Pita Croutons & Spicy Cinnamon Walnuts

Thinly sliced apples tossed with fresh lime juice, olive oil, scallions and parsley plus crunchy pita bread croutons and spicy cinnamon walnuts.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large pita, cubed (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup chopped Spiced Cinnamon Walnuts or walnut halves
2 apples, thinly sliced (like Rome, Honey Crisp or Red Delicious)
¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 scallions, snipped with kitchen scissors into thin slices
1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 - 2 teaspoons, honey (if you're apples are super tart)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Put the pita cubes on a small baking sheet and drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use your hands to massage the oil over the pita cubes and spread them out in one layer. Bake about 8 minutes or until crispy.
  2. If you're not using the spiced cinnamon walnuts spread the walnut halves out on a baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Cool and chop.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl toss the apples with the lime juice. Add the scallions, parsley, red pepper (if using plain walnuts - skip if using the spiced cinnamon walnuts), cheese, pita and walnuts. Toss well. Drizzle with olive oil and toss again.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and a little honey if needed. Best served fresh or the same day it's made. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

Inspired by Eats Well With Others and adapted from Bon Appetit

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Comments

  1. laurasmess says

    It’s been way too long since i last visited you Reeni, everything has changed! Looks gorgeous… both your new recipes and the site layout. Love the classic combo of apple and cheese. You’ve jazzed it up incredibly in this salad, the spiced walnuts and lime sound divine! Perfect for the warmer temps we’re getting in Australia at the moment. I will try this, soon. Thanks! Hope that you’ve had a beautiful start to the new year! xxx
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  2. Joanne says

    I love your take on this salad!! I would much prefer your cinnamon walnuts to the breadcrumbs I used…have to try it your way!

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