Apple Walnut Salad and Apple Picking

Sometimes I remember just how lucky I am to live where I do, those times are often in the autumn when the air is crisp and cool and breezy in the early morning, and returns by dusk.  The days are warm and the vibrant autumnal leaves start creeping from branch to branch, which some don’t realize until their horizon has turned completely from leafy green to burnt sienna orange.  Others, can smell it in the air when there’s something about to begin.

It’s apple season here in our little neck of the woods.  The drive to the winery and orchard in New York takes about twenty minutes from our house, though you’d never guess it takes that long since the views are so astounding. It makes the time fly by quickly.

Almost there.


The arrival.  I love this sign.

A map and a tractor ride, obviously necessary.

Our little navigator.  Now, time for some picking!

And eating!  Max’s newest word is apple, so he was able to get a lot of practice.



Do you see a small frog?  I did.  It landed on my shoulder when I reached up to pick a cox orange.  Yikes and eeks for me!  Fascinating for the boys, though.

Now back to what we were doing..


Look! Pears! Sweet!


Back to business.  Apple picking business, that is.  A whole bushel!

That’s two of those bags.  That’s a lot of apples, which means there will most likely be a slew of apple related posts coming soon.


But before I go ahead and make these delicious apples into pies and cakes and tarts, I will start off this perfect apple season with a simple but delicious pairing of apples and walnuts in a salad.  It’s perfect and it’s exactly what I want to eat for lunch today.  Enjoy!

  • 2 small honey crisp apples
  • The juice of one lemon, divided in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 cups baby romaine
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted

Slice honey crisp apple to desired thickness and squeeze half of lemon over apple slices to prevent browning, then set aside.  In small bowl whisk together the dressing: remaining lemon half’s juice with olive oil, honey and mustard, add pepper to taste.  Toss prepared apple slices with romaine and top with toasted walnuts.  Serve dressing on the side.


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14 thoughts on “Apple Walnut Salad and Apple Picking

  1. I looove the sign! I am hoping to get us apple picking this weekend. My BF has never been – and even though we don’t have kids, I thought it would be a cute trip for the two of us.

  2. Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you had a great day. (Your little guy is adorable!) That was a huge bag of apples you picked…though I love honeycrisp and can find a lot of things to do with them….an apple walnut salad being the first!

  3. Agree with you kate! the view is outstanding!!!
    I wish I could go to a place like that & picking the apples, not to mention pears! Ohh…
    Those boys are so cute! Haha ha!
    Sory for the frog visit Kate :D
    Tq for the simple & lovely recipe – I plan to make one for my luch tommorow :)

  4. Loved the photos and the apple salad sounds lovely. We lived in Burlington, Ontario and in Toronto, Ontario, couple of years each many years ago – the views in the summer are probably a bit similar; really beautifully green. The Fall is also very pretty with the Maple Trees in stunning color. I enjoyed my time there.

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