Apple Walnut Salad

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  • Cool and refreshing Apple Walnut Salad in a tart and tasty Greek yogurt dressing.

    Apple Walnut Salad in a bowl.

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    Many years ago when I first started Just One Cookbook, I had shared a Japanese Apple Salad recipe.  It was my mom’s recipe that I had recreated and my family really enjoys it.

    Fast forward 4 years and looking at the apple salad recipe, I realized it’s not too healthy with the large amount of mayonnaise used (even though it’s really good!).  My goal this time was to recreate the family’s favorite apple salad recipe but make a healthier version.

    Apple Walnut Salad in a bowl.

    Healthy and Delicious Apple Walnut Salad 

    I kept key ingredients for the salad and I ended up with a lighter version of dressing by using mostly non-fat yogurt instead of mayo.  Since Japanese mayo is a bit sweet, by replacing it with yogurt, the apple walnut salad is not as sweet.  Depending on your preference and what type of apples you use, you can adjust the amount of sugar to the dressing.

    Apple Walnut Salad in a bowl.

    You might wonder why I was updating my apple salad recipe out of the blue, and it’s because I am participating in KitchenAid’s #KitchenAidContest!

    A little background first.  When I signed up for the challenge a few months ago, I thought my new kitchen will be ready and it shouldn’t be an issue.  However, this is what’s happening today.

    Just One Cookbook Kitchen Remodel

    Unfortunately, the remodeling work is still in progress and I had to get my creative juice flowing.  How am I going to create a delicious apple recipe without a functioning kitchen?!  No oven, no stove, no sink…and my kitchen tools and utensils are all still packed in the boxes!

    Meanwhile, the mysterious black box arrived for the challenge.

    KA Apple Box 1

    When I opened the box, I saw Chef Zakarian holding an apple in his hand, saying “For those who cook, we present a challenge.”

    KA Apple Box 2

    And when I remove the top… I saw A RED SHINY APPLE!!!!!  How cool, challenge accepted!

    KA Apple Box 3

    Inspiration for Apple Walnut Salad Recipe

    With the apple challenge in front of me, it’s when I realized it’s time to share a new healthier version of my Japanese Apple Salad recipe.  So that’s the inspiration behind this new updated “healthier” Apple Walnut Salad recipe.

    As it’s been very hot in the Bay Area and my family were craving for a refreshing chilled dish to cool down, the timing for this recipe was just perfect.  And I could prepare this dish without a functioning kitchen.  😉

    KA Apple Box 4

    Last but not least, do you have an original apple recipe that you love?  Make the recipe and share it on FoodNetwork’s KitchenAid Challenge.  You can win a private cooking lesson with Chef Zakarian and new black stainless steel suite of appliances from KitchenAid!  

    The mysterious black box from KitchenAid included a sample of the black stainless material (shown under the apple in the picture above) and it is absolutely gorgeous.  Imagine the cool and chic black appliances!

    Now hurry and make your awesome apple recipe and don’t forget to enter the challenge.

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    Apple Walnut Salad |
    Apple Walnut Salad
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Cool and refreshing Apple Walnut Salad in a tart and tasty Greek yogurt dressing.
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: apple salad, yogurt dressing
    Servings: 4
    Author: Nami
    • 2 apples
    • 1 celery
    • 1 Tbsp raisin
    • 1 Tbsp toasted walnut
    For Yogurt Dressing
    • 4 Tbsp Greek yogurt
    • 1 Tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp milk
    • ½ lemon
    • salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Apple Walnut Salad Ingredients
    2. In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients for Yogurt Dressing.
      Apple Walnut Salad 1
    3. Cut the celery diagonally into thin slices. Add to the dressing.
      Apple Walnut Salad 2
    4. Cut the apples into quarters and then remove the core. Then cut each quarter into ¼ inch (cm) thick slices. Then cut the slices in half.
      Apple Walnut Salad 3
    5. Put the apple slices into another bowl and squeeze half of lemon juice over the apples. Toss the apples to coat with lemon juice. This will prevent the apples from turning brown.
      Apple Walnut Salad 4
    6. Add the apples (avoid adding lemon juice), raisins, and walnuts into the bowl. Toss all together to coat with the dressing. You can chill the salad till serving, or serve immediately.
      Apple Walnut Salad 5
    Recipe Notes

    If your walnuts are not roasted, put them in a frying pan (without oil) and toast on medium heat until fragrant.


    What’s Japanese mayo? Read here and make it from scratch and here's the recipe.


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