Summer Apple Salad

To show off the delicious Anna apple in a salad I kept the ingredients to a minimum – just apples, salad greens and onions that are tossed with a fruity balsamic vinaigrette.


The inspiration

A couple weeks ago I shared photos of my apple tree all dripping with big fat apples and as usual a couple of you did comment “Isn’t it very early for apple season?”  The answer is yes!   These are summer apples – at least that’s what I call them because for over a decade now this little tree has been fruiting in summertime in July/August. 


The apples are called Anna apples and according to Wikipedia they are early fruiting variety that do well in warmer climates.


From Wikipedia ” Anna apple is a dual purpose cultivar of domesticated apple that is very early ripening and does well in warm climates. Anna was introduced to the U.S. in 1959.  Anna was bred by Abba Stein at the Ein Shemer kibbutz in Israel in order to achieve a Golden Delicious-like apple that can be cultivated in nearly tropical areas.

A regular apple needs over 500 hours of chilling in order to get in blossom, but Anna flourishes even with less than 300 hours so it can be grown in warm climates. It is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 5–9.


About the recipe

The salad is sweet and crunchy from the summer apples with a tang from the vinaigrette. Try it with summer fruiting Anna apples or with any variety of sweet crunchy apples.


Summer Apple Salad


  • 1 Anna apple
  • 4 cups of salad greens
  • A few thinly sliced onion
  • 1 small lemon
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 6 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and pepper


  • Cut Annal apples into chunks and place them at the bottom of a salad bowl.  Top the apples with the sliced onion.  Squeeze some lemon juice over the apples to prevent them from browning.  Top with salad greens.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Right before serving, toss the salad with balsamic vinaigrette.  Serve immediately.

5 thoughts on “Summer Apple Salad”

  1. Wow, I have never heard of Anna apples! There are wild apples growing in many places here, and people have apple trees in their yards, but none are ripe yet. Your salad bowl is beautiful!

    1. 😀 I know that bowl is gorgeous isnt it!! I got it as a Mother’s Day present a while back and am always looking for creative ways to use it! Wild apple trees sounds to intriguing – are they like crab apples?

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