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Easy One-Serve Apple-Cucumber Crunch Salad

Dive into the fresh and crisp world of our one-serve apple-cucumber crunch salad, a unique twist on traditional salads. This recipe stands out with its easy customization, quick preparation, and suitability for various dietary needs, making it more versatile and user-friendly than others.

Vintage plate with cucumber apple salad on a wooden surface.

This apple-cucumber salad recipe is an epitome of simplicity and taste, especially when you’re cooking just for one. With a prep time of only 10 minutes, this fresh salad fits seamlessly into your dynamic schedule.

This apple cucumber yogurt salad is a breeze to whip up. It requires no complex cooking skills, just the ability to slice and mix.

The base of crisp apples and refreshing cucumbers, combined with a creamy yogurt dressing, creates a symphony of flavors and textures. It’s an individual salad that doesn’t just satisfy your hunger but also your taste buds.

Ideal for those days when you need something light yet fulfilling, this salad for one person can also complement other dishes if you’re planning a more elaborate meal. Its convenience extends to meal prepping as well – prepare the ingredients in advance and enjoy this small-batch salad anytime.

Dive into the ease and freshness of this apple salad, and add a touch of gourmet to your everyday meals.

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Apples: Look for crisp, juicy apples with a balance of sweet and tart flavors, like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith. The freshness of the apple is crucial for the crunch factor.
  • Cucumbers: Opt for firm, bright green cucumbers. English cucumbers are a great choice as they are seedless and have a thin skin, eliminating the need for peeling.
  • Prevent Browning: Toss apple slices in a bit of lemon juice not just for flavor, but to keep them from browning.
  • Quality Yogurt: Use high-quality, plain yogurt for the dressing. Greek yogurt works well for a thicker, creamier texture.
  • Season Well: Balance the dressing with the right amount of lemon juice, and a hint of mint for freshness. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  • Toss Gently: Combine the ingredients gently to avoid bruising the apple and cucumber slices.
  • Serve Immediately: For the best texture, serve the salad immediately after assembling.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

One apple, lemon, mint, cucumber and yogurt on a wooden surface.
  • Apples are the star of the show, bringing a crisp texture and a sweet-tart flavor to your salad. If apples aren’t your thing or you’re just looking for a change, pears are a fantastic substitute. They offer a similar texture with a slightly different, but equally delightful, sweet profile.
  • Cucumbers add a refreshing crunch and help to bulk up the salad. In case cucumbers aren’t available or you want to try something different, thinly sliced zucchini or bell peppers can fill in nicely. They maintain the crunch factor and introduce a new flavor dimension to your salad.
  • Yogurt in the dressing offers a creamy, tangy base that binds all the ingredients together. If you’re out of yogurt or prefer a dairy-free option, sour cream or a plant-based yogurt alternative can work just as well. They provide the creamy texture and tanginess that the salad dressing requires.
  • Mint brings a fresh, herby note to the salad, enhancing its overall flavor. No mint? No worries. Fresh basil or cilantro can be used in its place. Both herbs will give a fresh, aromatic lift to the salad, each bringing its own unique flavor.
  • Lemon Juice in the dressing adds a zesty, bright touch and helps in keeping the apples from browning. If lemons are not handy, lime juice or a dash of white vinegar can be great alternatives. They both contribute the necessary acidity to balance the flavors in the salad.

👩‍🍳 Directions

To start, we’ll prepare the dressing for the salad, so that while we cut the other ingredients, the dressing has time to become flavorful.

Take a bowl and put the yogurt in it. Chop the mint as finely as possible and add it to the yogurt. Grate the zest of ¼ lemon over it and add salt and lemon juice.

Yogurt, chopped mint and lemon zest in a white plate.

Mix well and set aside to infuse.

Yogurt with chopped mint in a white bowl.

Then, thoroughly wash the cucumber and apple and cut them into thin sticks, or you can dice them, depending on how you want the salad to look in the end.

When you’ve finished cutting the apple and cucumber, pour the dressing over them.

Transparent bowl with sliced cucumbers and apples with yogurt.

Mix well and serve immediately. If you leave the salad to sit, it will release water and won’t be as crunchy and appetizing.

Quick Note:

If you want, you can cut the cucumbers in advance, slice the apples and sprinkle them with lemon juice, and prepare the dressing without the lemon juice. Keep all the ingredients separately, and when you’re ready, just assemble the salad.

Vintage plate with cucumber apple salad on a wooden surface.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling the one-serve apple-cucumber crunch salad is straightforward, making it ideal for when you’re hosting a friend or planning for extra servings. Simply double each ingredient.

When preparing, ensure you have a large enough mixing bowl to comfortably toss all the ingredients. This will help you mix everything evenly without overcrowding the bowl.

Remember, even with larger quantities, the salad is best served fresh, so prepare it close to when you plan to enjoy it for the best taste and texture.

🍽️ Servings

Grilled Chicken Protein Boost

  • Components: Add grilled chicken breast slices to the top of your Apple-Cucumber Crunch Salad. The chicken can be seasoned with herbs like rosemary or thyme to complement the flavors of the salad.
  • Presentation: Slice the grilled chicken into thin strips and lay them over the salad. This not only adds a protein component but also an appealing visual contrast.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a post-workout meal or a fulfilling dinner that balances the lightness of the salad with a protein-rich element.

Mediterranean Twist

  • Components: Include feta cheese crumbles and a handful of Kalamata olives. These ingredients bring a Mediterranean flair to the salad, enhancing its flavor profile.
  • Presentation: Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad and scatter the olives around. The bold colors of the olives and the white feta add a vibrant look to the dish.
  • Occasion: Suited for a summer get-together or a fancy lunch where you want to impress with a salad that’s both exotic and easy to make.

Light Lunch Combo

  • Components: Pair the salad with a bowl of gazpacho or a light vegetable soup. This combination makes for a refreshing and hydrating meal.
  • Presentation: Serve the salad beside a small bowl of soup, with a slice of rustic bread on the side. The contrast between the cool, crunchy salad and the smooth, flavorful soup creates a delightful dining experience.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a quick yet satisfying lunch, especially on warm days when you crave something light yet nourishing.

🍽️ Variations

Spicy Asian Twist

  • Variation: Add a kick to your Apple-Cucumber Crunch Salad with a sprinkle of red chili flakes and a dash of soy sauce mixed into the yogurt dressing. Incorporate thinly sliced red onions and a small amount of grated ginger for an Asian-inspired flavor.
  • Why Try It: This variation offers a spicy and savory twist, perfect for those who enjoy a little heat and the umami richness of soy sauce. The ginger and red onion add depth and a zesty bite.

Sweet and Nutty

  • Variation: Introduce chopped walnuts or almonds and a drizzle of honey into the salad. This adds a nutty crunch and a subtle sweetness that complements the fresh flavors of the apple and cucumber.
  • Why Try It: The addition of nuts provides not only a textural contrast but also boosts the nutritional value. The honey enhances the natural sweetness of the apples, making it a delightful option for a sweeter palate.

Creamy Avocado Delight

  • Variation: Include diced avocado and a sprinkle of lime zest in the salad. The avocado adds creaminess and richness, while the lime zest brings a fresh, citrusy aroma.
  • Why Try It: Avocado offers healthy fats and a creamy texture, making the salad more filling and satisfying. The lime zest adds an extra zing, giving the salad a refreshing twist.

❄️ Storage

Refrigerator Storage:

  • Duration: This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Ideally only a few hours. Beyond that, the ingredients may start to lose their crunch and freshness.
  • Considerations: Store the salad in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. If possible, keep the dressing separate and only add it before serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
  • Re-serving: When ready to eat, give the salad a good stir or shake (if it’s in a container with a lid) to redistribute the dressing and flavors.

Freezer Storage:

  • Not Recommended: Freezing is not advised for this salad. The texture of fresh apples and cucumbers will deteriorate in the freezer, losing their crispness and becoming mushy upon thawing.

🤔 FAQs

What Can I Do with Leftover Ingredients?

For leftover apples, consider making a small batch of apple compote or adding them to your morning oatmeal. Extra cucumbers can be used for quick pickles or added to water for a refreshing infused drink.

How Can I Add More Protein to This Salad?

Grilled chicken, tofu, or a hard-boiled egg are great protein options to add to this salad. Just slice or dice your protein choice and mix it in with the salad for a more filling meal.

Can I Substitute the Mint with Another Herb?

Certainly! Basil or cilantro can be used instead of mint for a different flavor profile. Both herbs complement the fresh flavors of apple and cucumber well.

📔 Recipe Card:

Vintage plate with cucumber apple salad on a wooden surface.

Easy One-Serve Apple-Cucumber Crunch Salad

Elevate your meals with our apple-cucumber yogurt salad. Simple, tasty, and suitable for solo dining. Get the recipe now!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine International
Servings 1
Calories 149 kcal


  • 1 Apple medium
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Mint
  • ¼ teaspoon Lemon Juice


  • Prepare the Dressing: Begin by making the dressing to allow flavors to meld. In a bowl, combine yogurt and finely chopped mint. Grate the zest of ¼ lemon over it. Add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well and set aside.
    2 tablespoons Yogurt, 1 teaspoon Mint, ¼ teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • Prep the Salad Ingredients: Thoroughly wash the cucumber and apple. Cut them into thin sticks or dice them, based on your presentation preference.
    1 Cucumber, 1 Apple
  • Combine and Serve: Once the apple and cucumber are cut, pour the mint-yogurt dressing over them. Mix well to ensure even coating. Serve the salad immediately to maintain its crunch and freshness.


  • Dressing Variations: For a creamier dressing, you can add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard or a small amount of honey to the yogurt dressing. This adds depth and a hint of spice or sweetness.
  • Herb Options: In addition to mint, try adding a sprinkle of dill or parsley for a different herby flavor. These herbs can give a new dimension to the salad.
  • Cheese Addition: For a touch of savory flavor, consider adding a small amount of shaved Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese to the salad.


Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 19mgPotassium: 647mgFiber: 6gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 320IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 1mg
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