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Farmer Holland's Thanksgiving Apple Salad

(recipe, Bluebird Farmers Market & CSA)

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A favorite heirloom variety of apple-- with a taste that is exquisite. This apple has a cherry cinnamon sweetness that is unique and it is said that the ones with the darkest red skin have the most cherry-like flavor. Called Arkansas Black, these heirloom apples have a not-so-attractive dark red to almost black color skin but are considered one of the crispiest with the very best flavor when cooked. The grower of these delicious, nutritious apples is local farmer, Mr. Holland, owner of Holland's Apple Farm. We enjoyed our visit to Holland's Apple Farm and Mr. Holland was very kind to give us apple samples and his recipe for a favorite Thanksgiving Dish-- Apple Salad.


  1. 6 Arkansas Black Heirloom Apples
  2. 1 cup raisins
  3. 1 cup regular Mayonnaise
  4. 1 cup Georgia pecans, toasted
  5. 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated (optional)


  1. Peel and cube the apples.
  2. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with 1 cup regular mayonnaise. Add 1 cup of raisins and 1 cup of toasted Georgia pecans.
  3. Optional: Add 1 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese.
  4. Toss well. Refrigerate.