This apple parsley salad recipe answers the age-old question, “What do I do with all of this parsley?”
Face it: you grew too much. I’m laughing with you, not at you, because I do the same thing. Every. Single. Year.
Seriously, just one parsley plant is plenty, but when you grow a few, you have an abundance of parsley. Parsley recipes seem few and far between. What do you do with it all?
The dressing consists of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil, which perfectly complements the flavors.
Takes Just Minutes to Make
One of the reasons I love this salad recipe so much is that it takes just minutes to make. On a busy night, when I don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen, I can run out to the garden, pick some parsley, grab an apple, and I’m good to go.
Apple Parsley Salad
- 1/2 cup diced parsley leaves
- 2 medium peeled and diced green apples (or other tart apples)
- 1/2 cup romaine lettuce
- 1/4 cup diced onion
Parsley Salad Dressing
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Whisk the dressing ingredients and set aside.
- Peel and dice the apple and onion.
- Chop the parsley very fine. Add to the apple and onion.
- Chop the Romanie lettuce fine. Add to the parsley, apple and onion.
- Toss with salad dressing and chill for 5-10 minutes before serving.
What if you want to make it in advance? Go right ahead. The vinegar and lemon juice dressing keeps the diced apple fresh and it won’t turn brown.
Serving Suggestions for Apple Parsley Salad
I don’t like serving apple parsley salad as a main course. Instead, I serve it with ham, pork chops, or pork loin. Green beans makes a fine side vegetable along with this salad.
Perhaps it’s the flavors of the pork and apple together or the tartness of the dressing, but to me, it really goes great with pork. If you do not eat pork, lamb or beef would be a good choice as well. Just choose a robust-flavored recipe as the flavor of parsley salad is quite strong.
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Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.