This Caramel Apple Salad has crisp, tart apples, pudding, peanuts and pineapple covered with a light whipped topping. Drizzle some caramel over everything and what’s not to love!?! This makes a great recipe for the Fall or a fun summer cookout with friend and family.
Light, Fresh Dessert Recipes
While a super rich chocolate cake definitely has it’s place (seriously, it does!), I’ve come to really appreciate a nice light dessert that won’t completely fill me up. Many times, these desserts revolve around fruit. We’ve got several of these recipes here at Bubba Pie, and we love them all. We are huge fans of the sweet and salty combo of both are Pineapple Pretzel Salad and our Strawberry Pretzel Salad. And this Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad is so different and exotic, it will be certain to wow your guests! Finally, this No Bake Banana Cream Pie is light, fluffy and creamy with a crispy graham cracker crust!
One of the best things about the Fall, especially here in the Midwest, that it is apple season. There are some many delicious apples around that can make so many different tasty dishes. Some of my favorite desserts are made out of apples.
Easy and Quick Apple Desserts
Apples make a ton of great desserts, and we are no stranger to them here at Bubba Pie. Some of our favorites are:
- Easy Crockpot Apple Dump Cake
- Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Caramel Apple Salad
Nothing says fall quite like that fun treat of an apple on a stick covered in caramel, nuts and sometimes all sorts of other things! A cool twist on that treat is to make this Caramel Apple Salad. The great thing about this dish is that it is SO easy to make and even easier to share and eat. This is a great idea for smaller kids. Instead of giving them each a candy apple and hoping for the best, you can dish some of this on a plate and give them a fork. I promise they will love it just as much!
This would also be a great thing to bring to a potluck or pitch in. In looks great on the table spread and will be one of the first dishes to be emptied out! I’d also recommend this as a great option for a picnic or to use it as a camping salad. You can just put everything in a ziplock bag until you need it!
What Ingredients Will You Need?
- Instant butterscotch pudding
- Crushed pineapple
- Granny smith apples
- Whipped topping, thawed
- Chopped dry roasted peanuts
- Caramel ice cream topping
What Is The Best Apple To Use In A Caramel Apple Salad?
We use Granny Smith Apples for this recipe and I’ve seen a lot other recipes do the same. So that is certainly a safe bet. But any apple that is nice and crisp and won’t brown after being diced will do. This includes Honey Crisp, Fuji or Pink Lady apples.
Also, you can choose to peel the apples or not peel them. It is completely your preference.
Can You Make This Caramel Apple Salad Beforehand?
Absolutely! In fact this recipe will need at least 4 hours in the fridge, so it’s not a bad idea to make it the night before.
Adding Candy Bars To This Recipe
I have seen some recipes use candy as well. Twix, Mars, Snickers and Milky Ways are all great ideas. If using a candy bar, I’d recommend freezing it. Once frozen, put the candy bar in a ziplock baggie and pound with a mallet. This will break it up into pieces for you.
While these versions sound delicious, we feel that this Caramel Apple Salad tasted fantastic just as it is! But, you may want to use this as more of a dessert salad. If that is the case, go for it!
Otherwise, enjoy this Caramel Apple Salad any time of the year. But it is especially great during the Fall holidays!
Caramel Apple Salad
- 1 package 3.4 oz, instant butterscotch pudding
- 2 cups milk
- 1 can 8 oz, crushed pineapple
- 2 cups chopped granny smith apples
- 1 tub 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- 3/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts divided
- 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
- Add pudding and milk to a mixing bowl and whisk until combined well. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to firm up.
- Add pineapple, apples, and 1/2 cup of the peanuts to the bowl. Mix well.
- Fold in whipped topping.
- Refrigerate, covered, for 4 hours or overnight.
- Top with caramel and remaining 1/4 cup chopped nuts before serving.