Apple Salad - Creamy yogurt, pudding dressing
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Apple Salad with Fruit

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Apple Salad with Fruit: A quick dessert or side dish idea, full of fruit that easy to make for a potluck or to keep on hand for guests visiting.

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Apple Salad - Creamy yogurt, pudding dressing

Apple Salad

I’m a sucker for a dessert that’s full of chocolate, and I typically bypass pies, ice creams and fruit salads at any gathering I attend, but I must say… I fell in love with this dessert idea.

I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say that I’d even try to squeeze in this apple salad as a side dish idea.

Yes, it has pudding in it… but the fruit, nuts, and yogurt are sometimes side items, right?

Ok, we’ll call it a dessert, but just know that if you come over for a visit, you may find this on the table during dinner time, too.

apple salad recipe - ingredients

Apple Salad Ingredients

You can find the full recipe and instructions at the end of this post, but I wanted to go into a little more detail about what you can use and substitute if you don’t have these on hand.

For this recipe, it really is forgiving and can be made a lot of different ways. 

Yogurt + Pudding

For mine, I wanted to use vanilla yogurt AND vanilla pudding. You can use all yogurt or all pudding if you like, but if you have both on hand, mixing the two creates a crazy good flavor.

Although I made my pudding from an instant pudding box, you can keep things super quick and easy and buy vanilla pudding already made!

Nuts + Fruit

Feel free to switch out the different nuts depending on your preference, but I used candied pecans and dried cranberries, because they come in a package together at Walmart, making it super easy.

Then, I also used red grapes for a soft texture, and it was the perfect addition!

Cut and core apples for apple salad

Core + Cut Apples

Of course you can cut your apples using a knife, but I absolutely love using an apple corer. It makes things that much faster, and less chances for seeds to end up in my apple salad.

For this salad, I still use a knife to cut them in to cubes, but it still speeds up the process for sure!

Cut and cube apples for apple salad

apple salad - grapes, red and green apples

Dried cranberries and candied nuts in an apple salad

Once the apples, cranberries + nuts and grapes are in the bowl, it’s time to add in the yogurt and pudding.

(You can mix up the pudding and yogurt first and add it in, or you can do what I did and add them in separately. It all mixes in well regardless.)

apple salad - yogurt and pudding dressing

apple salad recipe - yogurt and pudding dressing

Mix together ingredients for apple salad

Once it’s all mixed together, you can serve it immediately or store for later.

I prefer to eat it immediately, but it’s good leftover too!

Apple salad - creamy yogurt and pudding dressing

Apple Salad - Creamy yogurt, pudding dressing

Apple Salad - Creamy Yogurt + Pudding Dressing

Jessica Burgess
This Apple Salad with a Creamy Yogurt & Pudding Dressing is a quick dessert full of fruit that's easy to make for a potluck or to keep on hand for guests visiting.
4.41 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 131 kcal


  • 5 apples, green/red
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries and candied pecans
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup vanilla pudding


  • Core and cut apples into small cubes
  • Slice grapes in half.
  • Place apples, cranberries, candied pecans and grapes in large bowl.
  • Add in yogurt and pudding.
  • Stir to combine
  • Serve when the dressing is equally distributed, and refrigerate any leftovers!


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving (1/2 cup)Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 224mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 6.1mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 0.3mg
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apple salad - dessert or side dish with a sweet creamy dressing

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