This apple swiss salad with cashews is a fall staple at our house. Although we do make it year round, it is a fall favorite salad. The apples just make this salad. Crunchy and tart granny smith apples add great texture. The cashews and swiss add a wonderful richness to the salad! The dressing has a bit of sweetness to it that finishes the salad off!
The apple, cashew and swiss salad ingredients
For this recipe, the granny smith apples are sliced and then the slices are cut in half. The apples will be bite-sized this way. I usually buy cheese in a block and then grate it. Packaged shredded cheese has an additive to keep it from clumping. Grating the cheese does not take long.
Cashews can tend to be expensive! This recipe calls for broken cashews. Broken cashews are usually less expensive. You can make this recipe your own by using a different type of nut instead of cashews. Pecans, or almonds would be a great choice for this salad instead of cashews! I used romaine for this recipe because it holds up well. Other salad greens get a little overwhelmed with salad dressing.
The salad dressing
The apple swiss salad dressing is very easy to put together. Just combine all the ingredients and whisk! I use pure maple syrup instead of sugar because of the lower glycemic index compared to granulated sugar. I have made the salad dressing with granulated sugar and the dressing was a bit thick. The sugar did not dissolve etc. The onion powder and mustard powder really bring a nice taste to the dressing. It does not end up being overly sweet.
The apple swiss salad would go great with the spiced baked ham recipe! My family has made the apple swiss salad for Easter and Thanksgiving!
Apple Swiss Salad
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- 2 heads of romaine lettuce cored and chopped
- 2 granny smith apples sliced then halve the slices
- 4 ounces of chopped cashews
- 4 ounces of grated swiss cheese
- Combine dressing ingredients and whisk thoroughly.
- Layer lettuce, apples, cashes, and cheese on serving plates.
- Add dressing to salad.