I'm definitely going to try it without the apples. I might try to toss in a few berries for contrast and fun, but no apples. Thanks!
If you're looking for an authentic recipe, I don't usually put any spices, just black salt, although maybe other parts of India add spices, not sure. I've definitely never seen this salad with apples! It should be sour, salty and cruncy, no sweetness.
Can this be made several hours in advance?
I don't give out five-star ratings a lot, but this recipe is getting one because it is unusual, tasty, very low in calories for a good-size portion, and a unique combination of ingredients and flavors. I've made it two times; once with regular cucumbers and once with Persian and both turned out well. It's crunchy when made, and retains the texture even after a few days. I'm always thrilled to find a side dish/salad with no mayonnaise or oil, especially one that tastes this good and is this satisfying. Serranos can be pretty hot, so some people may want to use less than a whole one - not me! For my husband and I, the combination of taste, texture, portion size, and calorie count really makes this a winner.