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To make this salad using less mayonnaise, you can add some cool whip. It adds extra sweetness and makes it light and fluffy. Still love the original recipe too!
In the south of New Zealand we have a traditional apple salad that is pretty similar. Consists of diced apples, celery, chopped red onion, roughly chopped walnuts and chopped hard boiled eggs. Dressing is tin of sweetened condensed milk, cup of malt vinegar, teaspoon of dry mustard powder and half teaspoon of salt all mixed through.
I’ve never used salt or pepper with this recipe. Will have to try. Plus I always use raisins over grapes and many times I just leave the skins on the apples. One of my favorite recipes!
Simple recipe the family enjoy!!
Hi Elise, and what about half & half mayo and yogourt?
I’m planning make it for New Years Eve.
Hi Agnes, sure, that should work fine!
We use bananas, apples, grapes and what ever nut you choose and home made whip cream to bring it all together. Fabulous !
How far ahead can this be made before serving?
Hi, Kelly! You can mix the apples, grapes, and celery with the mayo mixture a few hours ahead. I’d wait to add the walnuts or the lettuce until just before serving. Enjoy!
In Girl Scouts we hollowed out an apple and called it Walking Apple Salad. I use Lite Marzetti Cole Slaw dressing…no mixing or measuring needed. It’s ready to go. I also just add ingredients until I think I’ve got enough. If I make too much no problem. I have leftovers for me.
My departed Mom’s version was lightly sweetened: add 1/4 c sugar to the dressing. She added 1/4 tsp. Ground cardamom to the dressing, as well, mixing it with fresh lemon juice: she cut the apples and celery into lightly salted cold water, and preferred to used at least two different apples for color contrast. She used golden raisins for special occasions, and as we’re in the South (North Carolina) used pecans, with English walnuts for special occasions..once she tried black walnuts (which we have in abundance) and dried cherries in lieu of raisins. Opinions on it were divided.
My all-consensus…a beautiful delicious side salad dish. Try Water Chestnuts, red sliced and peeled apples, Walnuts and Pecans slightly toasted, sliced and peeled wine grapes red/green, tbsp. Dried currants and raisens; mayonnaise, mint leaf. (stirred and combined))
Water chestnuts……what a great idea!
I tripled this recipe for a dinner party of 20, it was perfect. I used honey crisp apples.
Hi Elise, I am making this to take to Christmas dinner (25 people). When you calculate your servings is it for an individual appetizer portion? I am making a bowl full to everyone can help themselves buffet style. Any suggestions on how to adjust the portions?
Hi Eleen, great question! The way we’ve portioned this recipe, each serving has a half an apple, a quarter cup of grapes, a 1/4 cup of celery, and a 1/4 cup of walnuts. That’s a generous single serving. I think if I were bringing this as a potluck for a group, where there would be a lot of other food, I would cut the single serving in half. So this recipe would then serve 8. If you triple it, that would bring it up to 24.
I love it. Made the yoghurt version.
cranberrys instead of grapes
That will work, especially if they are dried, sweetened cranberries. Raw cranberries can be a bit tart.
I made this for a 1930’s Manhattan themed dinner party, and it was THE HIT! I don’t think that I’ve ever had it before–I generally am not a mayo fan, so this salad was always a turn off for me. Boy, I did not know what I’ve been missing!! I plan to take this to Thanksgiving tomorrow (along with Rumaki–totally going old school)! And, btw, I can attest to the fact that it is just as delicious the next day.
Hi Sheri, I’m so glad you liked it! It is a classic.
Can this salad be made a day ahead of the day I plan to serve it?
Hi Brenda, It’s a pretty sturdy salad as long as you don’t include the lettuce. It should be able to hold up for a day before.
Delicious….very nice accompaniment with anything. Might hold for 1 day.