All-fresh, all-easy, all-delicious apple recipes.

The apple is one of nature's most versatile foods – it works well in sweet and savory dishes, fresh or cooked, as a breakfast pick-me-up or the cap to a perfect dinner. We'll be collecting some of our favorite apple recipes here. Bookmark this page for easy reference!

Beverages

Apple-Grape Smoothie

Here's a tasty way to enjoy the healthy benefits of fruits and vegetables. Use different apple varieties for slightly different flavor profiles.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 cup red grapes (seedless)
  • 1 whole carrot
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup water

Preparation

Core apple but leave skin on for maximum nutrients. Blend spinach and water together first, then add apple, grapes and carrot; blend again.

Nutrition

Calories: 195 • Fat: 0.7 g • Protein: 4.1 g • Carbs: 53.6 g • Calcium: 15% • Vitamin A: 255% • Vitamin C: 138% (Source: incrediblesmoothies.com)

Apple Sangria

Sugary-sweet Honey Crisp apples balance the spiced wine in this festive drink.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups chopped Honeycrisp apple (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup apple schnapps
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 (3-in.) cinnamon sticks
  • 2 (1/4-inch) slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 large navel orange, quartered
  • 1 (750-mil.) bottle fruity red wine (such as Beaujolais)
  • 1/4 cup club soda, chilled, divided
  • 4 thin horizontal slices cored Honey Crisp apple

Preparation

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well. Refrigerate 4 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Strain wine mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Pour about 2/3 cup sangria over ice in each of 4 glasses; top each serving with 1 Tbsp. club soda and 1 apple slice.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 • Per serving calories: 209 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0.3 g • Carbs: 23.7 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sodium: 4 mg • Iron: 1 mg (Source: myrecipes.com)

Salads

Celery Apple Salad

Fresh, simple and perhaps the crunchiest salad you'll ever enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups thinly sliced Honey Crisp apple
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup sliced red onion

Preparation

Combine first 4 ingredients. Add apple and remaining ingredients; toss.

Nutrition

Servings: 6 • Size: 2/3 cup • Calories: 62 • Fat: 4.6 g • Protein: 0.5 g • Carbs: 5.2 g • Fiber: 1.1 g • Sodium: 110 mg (Source: myrecipes.com)

Side Dishes

Crockpot Applesauce

Applesauce makes a great snack, side dish and substitute for fat in baking recipes. Here's an easy to make your own fresh applesauce in a crockpot/slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 8 medium apples
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3-in. cinnamon stick
  • 5 tsp. light brown sugar (unpacked)

Preparation

Use any combination of apple varieties you like. Peel, core and slice apples, and place them in your slow cooker. Add cinnamon stick, lemon peel and brown sugar. Set cooker to low and cook 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove cinnamon stick and serve mixture as is for chunky applesauce, or use an immersion blender to make it smooth.

Nutrition

Servings: 12 • Size: 1/4 cup • Calories: 65.9 • Fat: 0.2 g • Protein: 0.2 g • Carbs: 17.5 g • Fiber: 2.8 g • Sugar: 12 • Sodium: 0.6 mg (Source: skinnytaste.com)

Fresh Apple Salsa

Use either Fuji or Jonagold apples to create this sweet-tart condiment, which is an excellent complement to pork or roast chicken.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced peeled Fuji or Jonagold apple (about ¾ lb.)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

Preparation

Combine all ingredients, stirring well.

Nutrition

Servings: 12 • Size: 1/4 cup • Calories: 21 • Fat: 0.1 g • Protein: 0.2 g • Carbs: 5.7 g • Fiber: 0.8 g • Sodium: 50 mg (Source: myrecipes.com)

Entrées

Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple

Tart, crunchy apples add a fruity twist to this hearty, German-inspired soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz. chicken apple sausage, sliced
  • 5 cups chicken stock or fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz. chopped Yukon gold potato
  • 3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 cups sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add caraway and fennel; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Place in a spice or coffee grinder; process until ground.
  2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; cook 6 minutes. Add sausage; cook 1 minute. Add ground spices; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken stock and potato; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add cabbage and remaining ingredients; cook 3 minutes.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 • Size: about 1 1/2 cups • Calories: 328 • Fat: 9.8 g • Protein: 28.5 g • Carbs: 33.2 g • Fiber: 6.4 g • Sodium: 369 mg • Cholesterol: 85 mg (Source: myrecipes.com)

Desserts

Light Apple Crisp

Simple to prepare and satisfyingly sweet, but with little added sugar.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium Braeburn, Cortland or Paula Red apples, cored, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • Topping:
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. heart-healthy margarine

Preparation

Mix first four ingredients and place into 9-inch (square or round) baking dish. In small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over the apples. Bake at 325 degrees until apples are soft and topping is golden brown (about 30 minutes).

Nutrition

Servings: 9 • Calorie per serving: 127.4 • Fat: 3.5 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Carbs: 25.2 g • Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g • Sodium: 33.9 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg (Source: spark recipes)