With its bright color, snappy texture and bursting flavor, SnapDragon is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a favorite among kids!
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Crunch Time Apple Growers. The opinions and text are all mine.
So I thought for half a minute that I might take a picture of one SnapDragon. One apple set beneath a spotlight with a little soft music playing and calling it today’s recipe.
Because ~ when I received my box of SnapDragon Apples with their delicious extra sweet and juicy flavor, I thought to myself – how can one improve upon perfection?
However, I’m pretty certain a recipe that consists of Ingredients: One apple. Instructions: Lift apple from box. Run under cool running water. Raise apple to mouth. Crunch…might not fly.
So I came up with what I think is the next best thing. To highlight its fresh and delicious flavor without interfering with its integrity – SnapDragon Apple, Walnut & Chicken Spinach Salad with Feta & Cranberry was born.
With a salad, you get the full benefit of its juicy sweet taste as well as its exciting crispy texture. Not to say this scarlet beauty won’t be excellent in a cooked-down-dressed-up version (stay tuned!) I wanted to capture it, today, in all of its natural glory.
By pairing it with grilled chicken and grilled red onions, a scattering of walnuts feta and dried cranberries set atop a lovely bed of fresh spinach and dressed with a light apple cider vinaigrette – I couldn’t go wrong.
Grown in New York, the SnapDragon Apple was developed by Cornell University in partnership with Crunch Time Apple Growers. It contains antioxidant compounds that help with not only heart-health, but with delivering oxygen to the lungs during endurance exercise. It’s an excellent alternative to sugary treats making it a sure winner for kids to enjoy after a day of playing outside or running on the athletic field.
Are you wondering yet where you can run to get them? They’re available at select retailers around the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Check the Where to Buy page on their website for a list of stores.
If you enjoy Honeycrisp apples, you will love SnapDragons with their similar taste and flavor!
- 10 ounces baby spinach
- 3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 4 ounces feta, crumbled
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 lb. chicken tenders, grilled
- 1 small red onion, sliced into thin strips, grilled
- Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 4 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large serving bowl, combine spinach, apples, walnuts, feta and cranberries. Set aside.
- In a grill pan, over medium heat, cook chicken fully and until grill marks form.
- Once chicken is cooked, grill sliced onions until soft and slightly caramelized.
- Top salad with chicken and onions.
- In the meantime, combine olive oil with both vinegars and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Shake vigorously.
- Top salad with dressing.