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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 black ceramic bowl.

    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 a 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 black ceramic 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.

    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.


    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.

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

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

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    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 was 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. 😉

    Apple Walnut Salad in a black ceramic bowl.

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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
    • kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    1. Gather all the ingredients. If your walnuts are not roasted, put them in a frying pan (without oil) and toast on medium heat until fragrant.

      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

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


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