This refreshing salad is a surprising delight. The recipe is from The Apple Lover's Cookbook by Amy Traverso. A well written book devoted to apple recipes, apple tips and tools, apple history, and information on how to buy and store apples.
Ms. Traverso refers to the recipe as an apple salsa. I found it to be more of a salad than a salsa, as I was eating it for a mid-day snack or a light lunch.
The use of firm-tart Granny Smith apples allows for the salad to be stored in the refrigerator for several days without breaking down the apples. The apples and the cucumbers remain crisp, which makes this a great recipe to make ahead for a party or a buffet.
Apple Cucumber Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
2 large Granny Smith apples, about 1 pound
1 cup diced English seedless cucumber, unpeeled
1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint leaves
Core and dice the unpeeled apples. I leave the skin on the apples and cucumbers as this makes a nice contrast of color. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, cucumbers, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper; stir to combine. In a second smaller bowl, combine the fresh squeezed lime juice, honey and salt. Pour the dressing over the apple mixture and stir to combine. Add the sliced mint, gently stir. Serve cold or at room temperature.