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Tan Recipe
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"This is a wonderful tangy, sweet, and delicious way to eat apples. I love it with apples, but my mom also does this with strawberries or pears. I've also done this with just one apple for myself when I wanted a quick snack. Pink lady and red delicious apples will also work well."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
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    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and black pepper. Taste and adjust sugar and vinegar to your personal preference. Add the apples, and stir to coat.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 20, 2005

WOW. Long ago a friend's mom made this for us as an after-school snack, and I've been searching for this recipe! So very delicious! DO NOT BE AFRAID to try this recipe. So simple, versatile, healthy & tasty! Be sure to stir the dressing ingredients until the sugar dissolves completely. Eat this on its own, or toss w/ some salad greens & top w/crumbled blue cheese & toasted pecans (serve w/ some extra dressing). Instead of dicing the apples, simply slice them and toss w/ dressing in a ziploc bag - makes a great snack for kids. Different & special. REALLY DELICIOUS!! Try it, you'll love it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 23, 2010

i had high hopes for this one... i might try it again. i didnt care for it, i only give it the high rating b/c put it over greens and it makes a ok salad w/dressing


24 Ratings

Jan 21, 2008

This is SO GOOD! I would have never thought to do this, but it is terrific! When summer comes around I'll try strawberries, yummy. *Update* I have since put these apples on a bed of mixed greens with shaved parmesan cheese on top for a knockout of a salad! Try it, you'll like it!

May 02, 2008

What a delish combo! I used braeburn apples, and added black pepper due to others recommendations! It was fabulous...I even added some cayenne for added kick but will reduce the balsamic next time b/c it was a little too much for me. I'm a crazy balsamic fan but this sort of stung the nostrils! I served it over baby spinach, added some chopped cashews and feta cheese...no dressing needed!

Apr 03, 2008

This was pretty good, but not as good as I'd expected. Next time I'll try it with a little less balsamic vinegar. I love balsamic, but a little goes a long way. I think that it might also be important to use very coarsely ground pepper.

Jul 05, 2007

I'm so glad that I read the ratings on this recipe. The rater that said "DO NOT BE AFRAID" to try this won me over. I LOVED THIS tart and tangy way to eat fruit. I will eat apples more often now. I had red delicious on hand so used them. Used red wine vinegar and doubled the brown sugar for my taste. Thanks for the recipe.

Feb 11, 2010

Easy and delicious! I skipped the pepper, and made just enough for one serving. Makes a perfect snack!

Jan 26, 2010

I normally don't like fresh apples OR vinegar, but this recipe was shockingly FANTASTIC and super easy/quick!! In addition to experimenting with different fruits, you can also try variations on the vinegar. For example, I tried raspberry balsamic vinegar and it was delightful. :)


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  • Calories
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 9 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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