salted caramel apple salad {NOT paleo :)}

this past weekend, we were invited to yet another friend's house for dinner on saturday night.
i was asked to bring fruit.  you know, like fruit salad...or something similarly healthy.
throughout the morning on saturday, i developed a craving for caramel apple salad.
i dug up a recipe...decided that it simply wasn't decadent enough, and tweaked the formula here and there to make it absolutely sinful...great friend that i am.
in the end, our hostess didn't mind one little bit.

this recipe goes together super-quickly...
and i wanted to share it now, before you plan your holiday menus.
sometimes amidst the heavy--and usually warm--holiday pies and treats, 
it's nice to have a cold dessert salad for a change of pace.
this fits that bill perfectly.
if you have a culinarily-challenged guest attending your holiday feast, this would be the perfect dish to request for them to bring...i think it's virtually impossible to mess up.

without any further ado...

salted caramel apple salad
10 medium-size apples, washed, cored, and cubed {i used honeycrisp and did not peel them}
16oz. tub of cool whip, thawed
3oz. packet instant vanilla pudding 
6oz. can planters salted caramel peanuts
8oz. bag heath english toffee bits
smucker's simple delight salted caramel topping

cut apples into large bowl.

in separate bowl, stir cool whip with pudding mix {mix packet only, not milk} until well-incorporated.

chop peanuts {i dumped them into a ziploc bag and pounded them with a rolling pin until they were in small pieces.  i should note, i did include all the salty-caramely goodness that had settled in the bottom of the peanut can.  i should also note that i found these peanuts in the popcorn/chip aisle at walmart.}

all at once, fold cool whip mixture, chopped peanuts, and half of the bag of toffee bits into the chopped apples.  mix gently.
drizzle with salted caramel topping immediately before serving.

recipe makes one large bowl...approximately 12-15 moderately-sized portions...
or 6-8 very large portions...
it really all depends on how big of a serving spoon you use...
and how much of it you inhale as you stand at the counter taste-testing it.


{p.s. if you're looking for another yummy autumn-inspired apple treat, you may want to try the apple pie smoothie i posted last week!}
{p.p.s. don't forget to enter the giveaway for my favorite sterling silver's the last day!}


  1. Nom nom nom! I will definitely be putting this out on our Thanksgiving dessert table! Thanks for the heads up on where to find the peanuts, looks like a Wal-Mart run is in store!

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