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Apple and Walnut Salad

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It’s Apple season!  (And we have a big drawer full of apples to eat, yum…)  Today, I am sharing the recipe for this tangy, sweet, and crunchy Apple and Walnut Salad.  It’s one of our favorite fall salads for family gatherings.


This crunchy Apple and Walnut Salad is the perfect combination of sweet and tart apples, highlighted with a creamy, lemony dressing. Perfect for fall and apple season but also fabulous anytime as a side dish for family gatherings and potlucks!


I love big family gatherings. Birthday parties, holidays, big games- you name it.  If it’s a reason to get together, then let’s do it!  Being located in central Texas, my house is the most central location for our extended family and it tends to be the spot for our family gatherings.  Thank you to Dixie® for partnering with me to bring you this great recipe!


Care to take a guess at what I don’t enjoy about these gatherings?


Cleaning up and washing dishes!  (Actually, I can’t think of one person who likes cleaning up and washing the dishes after a big meal or party.)


I also don’t like missing moments like this: (She was just completely worn out from the party!)


I promise you if I’m stuck in the kitchen washing everyone’s cups and plates I would be missing out on these precious moments!  Dixie wants to help families spend more time connecting and making memories that last and that’s why I’m happy to join in the Dixie #BeMoreHere campaign.


Now, for the Apple and Walnut Salad recipe I teased you with above…  Doesn’t it look good?  This salad is always a hit with even the pickiest eaters…


Apple and Walnut Salad


I used Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples for the perfect sweet/tart combination.  You can use any variety or combination you prefer.  Definitely, don’t skimp on the lemony mayo/yogurt dressing- it really makes the salad shine!


More apple recipes you might like:


Apple and Walnut Salad




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Apple and Walnut Salad

Apple and Walnut Salad

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This crunchy Apple and Walnut Salad is tangy and sweet! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart apples, highlighted with a creamy, lemony dressing.  Makes a great addition to any family gatherings.




  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon peel (I did not have fresh lemons on hand and used a bit of true lemon instead.)


  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 2 large Pink Lady apples, (or other sweet apple), diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 medium celery stalks, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup lettuce (torn into very small pieces)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (Someone has been eating my walnuts- no I only had a scant 1/4 cup to use.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast walnuts in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes, stirring halfway through. (optional – but so yummy!)
  2. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients until blended. Refrigerate until serving time.
  3. Place apples in large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss until coated.
  4. Add celery to bowl with apples. Refrigerate until serving time.
  5. Just before serving, toss apples and celery. Add lettuce and dressing; toss until coated. Sprinkle with walnuts.


Adapted from Betty Crocker


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  1. Audrey O. says:

    Did I miss something? The ingredient list says 1 cup lettuce, but I don’t see it in the directions anywhere. I know this would be good just by itself, but I’ve never had it with lettuce, so I wanted to try it atop lettuce. Is that all you do, is make it as stated and then put it stop lettuce?
    Thanks so much in advance.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      yes, mix the lettuce in just before serving.

    2. Audrey O. says:

      Thanks so much. I’m gonna give it a try this week.