Creamy Apple Salad

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Creamy Apple Salad is a sweet, fluffy fruit salad. Serve this colorful, flavor-packed side for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any day!

Creamy Apple Salad in a large red bowl with sliced apples in the background

Creamy Apple Salad

Fruit salads are really popular here in our house. Salads- in themselves- are already really easy to put together and prepare. Fruit salads, however, are just as easy and tend to have a lot more of a sweet “punch” to them.

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In fact, plenty of classic salads are fruit salads: outside of the basic fruit salad, plenty of folks enjoy an ambrosia salad. Personally, I’m a huge fan of our Waldorf Salad, which makes a few small tweaks to the classic recipe to make it a bit sweeter and more approachable. To make things brief: sweet, fruit-packed salads are amazing!

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With that in mind, I’ve got another fruit salad recipe here that’s going to strike a chord with plenty of you folks- apple lovers especially! I mixed up a creamy base using some yogurt, Cool Whip, cream cheese, and mini marshmallows and stirred them with some colorful diced apples. Let me tell you, they’ve been a hit!

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If you’re a big fan of Waldorf’s, I really urge you to give this one a try. The base is delicious and sweet, and- even by themselves- the apples are great on their own versus mixed with grapes and cranberries in the Waldorf.

Plated Creamy Apple Salad on a white plate and a white background with the red apple slices showing in the background

If you’re in the mood for more creamy fruit salads after this one, we have a couple of others I’d love for you to try out. Our Creamy Grape Salad brings just as much sweetness and flavor as the apple salad here with the addition of a pecan and brown sugar topping. For a more summer-oriented salad, we’ve also got an amazing Creamy Strawberry Banana Salad as well. That one, especially, is crazy-sweet and I’m certain you’ll love it! All of these salads are the perfect sweet treats that you’ll enjoy as sides in plenty of future meals.

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Ingredients for Creamy Salad

  • Diced Apples – Use your favorite apples for this recipe and I encourage you to use a mix of reds and greens. Looks especially good for the holiday season…
  • Vanilla Yogurt Cups – If you can find a cinnamon or apple flavor at your grocery store, feel free to sub it in to try it out!
  • Whipped Topping
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Lemon Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

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How to prepare our Apple Salad

To start things off, get your apples diced and give them a quick coating with your lemon juice to prevent them from browning. Then, after getting your ingredients prepped and ready, you can get a mixing bowl ready. Put your cream cheese in and and give it a quick beating to fluff it up and make it creamy.

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Once that’s beat, you can add in your yogurt. It’s also at this point that you want to add your spices. Mix it all together until consistent and smooth.

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Now you can add in your whipped topping. Make sure it’s completely thawed before adding to the mix! Once again, stir until consistent and smooth.

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Now comes the apples and marshmallows. Toss them into the bowl and stir in until evenly spread throughout the creamy mixture.

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With that, the salad is ready to go! No need to wait or anything- it’s good to serve immediately if you need.

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Can I make this ahead of time?

You could easily serve this salad right away but I doubt we’re getting stuff like salads ready just before guests show up. I feel confident saying that you could make this salad about 6 hours in advance and keep it in the fridge. You can’t push it much further than that- the salad will start getting soggy after that point due to the moisture in the apples.

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Topping Ideas

  • Nuts – Walnuts, Pecans, or maybe peanuts could work as a topping.
  • A dusting of brown sugar.
  • Caramel drizzle.
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Creamy Apple Salad

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Creamy Apple Salad is a sweet, fluffy fruit salad. Serve this colorful, flavor-packed side for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any day!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients 

  • 5 medium Apples, cored and diced
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 10 oz Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 8 oz Whipped Topping

Instructions 

  • Place diced apples in a large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice and toss to coat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whip cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and yogurt until blended.
  • Fold in whipped topping.
  • Add this this mixture and the marshmallows to large bowl containing apples.
  • Stir until well mixed.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 267mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 478IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Jen Cincyshopper

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