Thursday, October 22, 2015

Apple Salad with Walnuts and Cranberries


Apples are in season these days and I love buying a big bunch to fill our fruit bowl at home so there is always a healthy quick snack around.  I made this apple salad with yummy crunchy walnuts, tart dried cranberries and some canned pineapple because... well I love pineapple.   I brought this salad over for a family meal over my sister's house and it was a big hit. 

I thought it would make a great light dessert for those of us who don't always want to eat a big slice of cake after dinner.  My mother thought the salad was great, but she decided to dig into it with her meal as a side salad.  So it's a pretty versatile salad because it can be placed on the main table as a side salad or on the dessert table as a light dessert.  Way to go apples! 

Apple Salad with Walnuts and Cranberries
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer 

10-12 medium apples (any kind)
* Bowl of water and 2 tsp salt to soak apples
1 (8oz) brick of cream cheese softened
1 heaping cup sour cream
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 (20oz) can pineapple chunks or tidbits drained

1. Wash and cut apples into small bite size pieces.  Note: peeling skin off apples is optional if you prefer.  Place cut apples into a solution of salt and water for 5 minutes to prevent browning. Then drain apple pieces on paper towel for a few minutes. 

2.  In a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese with brown sugar and sour cream until smooth.  Then add drained pineapple chunks, drained apples, walnuts and cranberries.  Mix well and serve immediately or chill and serve.  Enjoy.

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