12 Savory Apple Recipes for Dinner

Add some fruit to your dinner with one of these savory apple recipes. Apples bring a subtle sweetness to dishes and pair well with proteins like chicken and pork. Plus, apples have been linked to health benefits such as improving cholesterol levels and helping with weight loss. Recipes like Red Cabbage-Apple Cauliflower Gnocchi and Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are healthy, delicious and a fun way to use this fall fruit.

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Fall Chopped Salad with Spinach, Butternut Squash, Apples & Cheddar

Fall Chopped Salad

Who says spinach salads are only for spring? Use autumn's tender crop of fresh spinach and other seasonal vegetables to make this fall salad with roasted butternut squash, apples, cheddar and pecans. This colorful and healthy salad would be a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving menu, but there's no reason to save it for holidays--serve it along with chicken or pork for a healthy weeknight dinner, or turn it into a main course by adding some chickpeas or chopped chicken or turkey. Source: EatingWell.com, October 2019

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Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese's usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2019

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Chopped Salad with Shrimp, Apples & Pecans


Sweet and crunchy apples and celery combine with savory shrimp and nutty pecans in this easy, colorful dinner salad. Source: EatingWell.com, January 2020

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Scallops with Radicchio-Apple Slaw


The secret to getting a nice golden-brown sear on your scallops is to buy ones that are labeled dry. That means they haven't been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STP), a preservative that helps them retain water, which prevents them from browning well. Serve with roasted potatoes for a complete meal. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2017

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Seared Pork Chops with Apples and Onion


Seared pork chops topped with sautéed apples and onions are served over brown rice and sprinkled with thyme in this easy main dish recipe. Want something green with this meal? Pair it with steamed green beans or an arugula salad. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Spinach, Apple & Chicken Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing & Cheese Crisps


Swap out store-bought for this tangy homemade buttermilk and poppy seed dressing to take this healthy salad recipe to the next level. For an even more impressive meal, make your own crunchy cheese crisps in a snap, using phyllo dough, for a delicious accompaniment to this dinner salad. Make extra dressing to keep on hand for other salads throughout the week. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2019

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Red Cabbage-Apple Cauliflower Gnocchi


Tender cabbage and a vibrant applesauce-mustard pan sauce are the perfect pairing for pillowy low-carb cauliflower gnocchi. Add diced chicken-apple sausage for extra protein. Source: EatingWell.com, January 2019

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Sausage with Cabbage & Apples


The cabbage comes out tender without being mushy and gives the slow-cooker chicken sausage a slightly sweet flavor. A splash of vinegar at the end perks up the whole meal with a bit of acidic brightness. There are several varieties of smoked chicken sausage from which you can choose. We recommend using an apple-flavored smoked sausage to complement the apples and vinegar. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Chicken Kebabs with Warm Cabbage-Apple Slaw

Chicken Kebabs with Warm Cabbage-Apple Slaw & Potatoes

Serve these easy grilled chicken kebabs with apple and cabbage slaw and potatoes for a healthy dinner that's great for summer cookouts. Leave yourself enough time to marinate the chicken for up to three hours in the simple orange-ginger marinade before threading it onto skewers and putting them on the grill. Source: What to Eat with Diabetes 2019

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Apple-Cranberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese


The tangy-sweet dressing in this spinach salad beautifully amplifies the apples and cranberries--and the creamy goat cheese transforms it into the perfect salad. Tasters raved about this easy fall salad. If you can't find Pink Lady apples, any sweet, crisp apple is a worthy substitute. Want to make this salad a main meal? Top with some rotisserie chicken, chickpeas or tofu. Source: EatingWell.com, October 2019

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Stuffed Pork Loin with Wild Rice


A clever knife technique is the key to this stuffed tenderloin, which gets rolled up with a sweet-savory combo of wild rice, apples and cranberries. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Fall 2018

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Mulligatawny Soup


This is a soup with a long history (references to it in English go back to 1784) that can now be conveniently made in a modern appliance. Although it's technically an English soup, its origins are decidedly Indian. (The name loosely means "pepper water" in the Tamil language of Southern India.) The sweetness of apple and coconut milk counterbalances the garlic, ginger, curry and cayenne. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook

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