Make the Ultimate Turkey Sandwich With Bright Rave® Apples

Just a few insider ingredients turn an everyday sandwich into a special one.

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There’s endless adventure awaiting in the great outdoors once summertime rolls around. Maybe you’ve got a 10-mile hike on your schedule, or perhaps a relaxing picnic in the park is more your style for enjoying nature. Either way, you’re going to want to pack some healthy food options. That’s where Rave® brand apples, a new Stemilt signature, come in—an outrageously juicy apple with a fresh snappy zing.

Developed through natural cross-pollination by David Bedford and the University of Minnesota, Rave® apples are a cross between the beloved Honeycrisp and the unique MonArk, a variety from Arkansas. Perfectly sweet with just the right amount of tart flavor, they boast a beautiful fuchsia-red color and crunch in every bite. Family-owned Stemilt grows Rave®️ apples in beautiful Washington State. It’s the first apple off the tree, and available in early August—well before Honeycrisp apples return to stores. Rave® apple season is short, though, lasting just through October, so you’ll want to grab the apple everyone’s been raving about as soon as you can!

While Rave® apples are perfect on their own as an afternoon snack, we love using them as a fresh ingredient that offers a healthy addition to some of our favorite recipes. Though they don’t have enough attitude to take on the oven, they are a delicious way to add crunch and flavor to salads and sandwiches. This ultimate turkey sandwich features a complex mix of flavors that work well together, with savory cheese, funky maple mustard, pickled red onions, and slices of sweet-tart Rave® apples all meeting in the middle. Perfect for grown-ups and kids alike, it’s a quick and healthy meal that was made for enjoying in the sun, surrounded by nature. And once you add juicy Rave® apples to your sandwich, you’ll never go back.

The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

Yield: One sandwich
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes


Pickled red onions (optional), store-bought or homemade
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced horseradish
2 slices gourmet bread
1/4 pound roasted turkey, thinly sliced
1 Rave® apple, thinly sliced
Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
Baked potato chips, to serve


1. Prepare pickled red onions if making yourself. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix maple syrup, whole-grain mustard, and horseradish until combined.

3. On a plate, slather a slice of bread with maple mustard and top with roasted turkey, Rave® apple slices, and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle on a few pickled red onions, slather the second slice of bread with maple mustard, and close the sandwich.

4. Enjoy with more sliced apples or healthy baked potato chips.