Apple-Cheddar Quesadillas


Crispy, cheesy quesadillas get a pop of flavor from apples and sharp Cheddar cheese.

Top View of Apple Cheddar Quesadillas Cut into Triangles With Spinach-Avocado Salad on the Side
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

When life gives you apples, make this quesadilla recipe. Thin slices of sweet-tart apple rest on a bed of melty cheddar cheese. But the secret ingredient here is the schmear of tangy honey mustard spread on the flour tortilla. For maximum delight, be sure the quesadillas turn a beautiful golden color and get a chance to crisp up in the skillet before flipping. Honeycrisp apples will hold their shape in this easy quesadilla recipe, but if you can't find them, shop for Gala, Braeburn, or the Pink Lady variety.


  • 5 tablespoons honey mustard, divided

  • 8 6-in. flour tortillas

  • 6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1½ cups)

  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced (2½ cups)

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 5-oz. pkg. fresh baby spinach

  • 2 avocados, sliced (about 2 cups)

  • ¼ cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)


  1. Spread 4 tablespoons mustard evenly over tortillas. Top half of each tortilla with 3 tablespoons cheese and a heaping 1/4 cup sliced apples. Fold tortillas in half.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium. Add 4 quesadillas; cook, flipping once, until golden brown in spots and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and remaining quesadillas.

  3. Whisk lemon juice, salt, and remaining 1 tablespoon mustard in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons oil until dressing is well-combined. Add spinach, avocados, and pumpkin seeds to bowl with dressing; toss to coat salad. Serve with quesadillas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

746 Calories
52g Fat
56g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 746
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 980mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 20g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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