Crunchy, refreshing veggie salad with a unique tangy, sweet and cider-y dressing made from apple butter.
Growing up, we did not have apple butter in my house that I can remember. I am not sure why...as far as I know, it was just not a thing that my mom bought. Maybe she has a reason that I will hear about after she reads this post. (Hi, Mom!) 🙂
I remember one time, probably when I was in 4th or 5th grade, I went to a friend’s house for lunch and her mom asked if I wanted jelly or apple butter on my peanut butter sandwich. Apple butter?!?!
At the time, I had no idea what that was, so I stuck with the safe choice and went with the jelly. That was my first encounter with apple butter, however my official introduction did not happen until years later.
Even so, up until recently, I still associated apple butter with peanut butter sandwiches. But now I have seen that it can be used for much more! There are actually many delicious things you can do with apple butter.
I joined a challenge to develop a recipe using apple butter, so I had to get more familiar with it fast.
I went out and bought a jar, and tasted it, and thought, and thought, and thought (and then thought some more). Eventually, an idea popped into my head to use the apple butter to make a tangy, sweet and cider-y dressing.
I am so pleased with how this recipe turned out, I am going to use it going forward as a dish to bring to summer picnics or use any time of year as a tasty side dish!
The family verdict?
Thing 1 loved it.
DH loved it.
Thing 2 (**sigh**) was hoping for a little less in the snow pea department. He also picked out the craisins and walnuts. But, he enjoyed the broccoli with the dressing on it, and of course the French fried onions, so I consider it a success!
Broccoli and Snow Pea Salad with Apple Butter Dressing
- Whisk together apple butter, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot about 2/3 with water and heat until boiling.
- Add broccoli florets and snow peas to boiling water. Leave them in for about 30-40 seconds, then drain and rinse with cold water until they are cool.
- Drain as much water as possible from the veggies and pat them with a cloth or paper towel to dry them a bit.
- Place the broccoli and snow peas in a large bowl, pour the dressing over them and toss to coat.
- Mix in the craisins and walnuts.
- Right before serving, sprinkle the French fried onions on top.
If you like fruit in your salad
Try this amazing Apple Walnut Salad - the flavor profile is fantastic! This is hearty enough to serve as a light meal, but it's also a perfect side salad for a weeknight dinner and an impressive side dish to serve during the holidays!
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