How to Make a Spiralized Apple Pecan Salad and Apple Crumble

This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

I am a lover of tech and kitchen gadgetry including awesome appliances.  Are you? If you are, then I encourage you to give the Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™ a home in your kitchen.

What Makes the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer Different?

It is truly like no other kitchen appliance I have ever used, seen, or had.  It's a blender that provides total crushing action (think smoothies, frozen drinks, ice cream and snow cones) and a food processor that purees, chops, makes dips and doughs - no more chocolate chip cookie dough arms.  It offers high-speed blending that extracts, and it spiralizes (zoodles anyone?).

Green bowl filled with spiralized apples

I am not kidding you when I tell you that the day I received mine, I donated my food processor (and a few other appliances) to a local thrift store because I didn't need or want them anymore.  I had everything I needed and more in the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer.

In order to familiarize myself with this amazing appliance, the first thing I made was Buffalo Chicken Burgers using the food processor vessel and the smart base.  The burgers were so good that my family asked for it three times in one week.  I was happy with that since it was such an easy meal to make.  By the way, the first recipe I made with the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System Auto-Spiralizer were sweet potato curly fries.  They were the perfect side dish for the Buffalo Chicken Burgers and it was a great opportunity for me to try out the Auto-Spiralizer which I enjoyed using so much, I made two recipes with it and am sharing them both with you today below and via video.

Ingredients for a spiralized apple salad. Containers of feta cheese, golden raisins, dried cranberries, and pecans.

The first recipe is a spiralized apple salad with dried cranberries, golden raisins, feta cheese crumbles, and chopped pecans with a poppy seed dressing.

Spiralized Apple Salad

Marble platter with green apples and lemons, and a Ninja Intelli-Sense box and blender


1 red apple and 1 Granny Smith apple

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup golden raisins

¼ cup feta cheese crumbles

¼ cup chopped pecans

Poppy Seed Dressing

Spiralize apples (see video below).

Bowl filled with a spiralized apple salad and a Pioneer Woman fork.

Add apples to a serving bowl and gently mix in cranberries, raisins, feta cheese, and pecans.

Pouring poppy seed dressing over top of an apple salad

Toss gently and drizzle with poppy seed dressing.

Green glass bowl filled with a spiralized apple salad.

Spiralized Apple Crumble


4 pounds Granny Smith apples, cored, and spiralized using the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer

2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats

1 ½ cups light brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 stick of chilled unsalted butter, cut into slices

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Nonstick vegetable oil spray


Mix oats, 1 cup brown sugar, and flour in bowl.

Add butter and rub in with hands until topping comes together.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Mix apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and ½ cup brown sugar in bowl.

Place in casserole dish.

Sprinkle with oatmeal topping.

Bake 45 minutes or until spiralized apples are tender.

The Details that Make it Amazing

The Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer can be used in your kitchen daily and I have used it almost every day since I received it a few weeks ago and here's why.

It has:

  • 12 Smart Programs: Chef-designed automatic recipe creations deliver optimal results every time. Precisely calibrated patterns of pulsing and pausing combined with ideal speed, power, and torque for each attachment create everything from fresh salsa and pizza dough to margaritas and decadent ice creams—all it takes is a simple tap.
  • Smart Vessel Recognition: In a snap, Ninja’s Smart Vessel Recognition Technology automatically senses which vessel is attached to the base and the touchscreen changes to display a customized menu of Smart Programs on the touchscreen, enabling one Smart Base to become four high-performance appliances.
  • Intuitive Touchscreen: The sleek, flat screen responds to your touch and lets you select between vessel-specific Smart Programs and manual options. And the durable, easy-to-clean screen stands up to everyday kitchen wear and tear.
  • The Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™ features one smart base that transforms into four high-performance appliances: 72 oz. Total Crushing® Blender, 64 oz. Precision Processor™, 24 oz. Single-Serve Cup, and Auto-Spiralizer.

I am so thrilled with everything I've made so far and I can't wait to make more recipes with the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer.  Homemade hummus is on my radar as well as a Pineapple Cilantro Dipping Sauce.  I just bought a Cilantro plant so that I have an abundant supply of fresh Cilantro for this dipping sauce.  (Both recipes are available on the Ninja website along with 996 other recipes!)  The recipe options are seriously limitless.

As a valued reader of Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline, YOU get access to a special code, MARYBETH15, for 15% off the Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer™ valid through 12/31/17 which makes it perfect to use for holiday gift giving.

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  1. Katherine says:

    This looks so yummy! I bought a spiralizer a year or so ago and use it all the time. We love it for raw eating!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am trying new recipes with it and my family and I are loving them. I've never tried raw eating but this would definitely be helpful for that.