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Favorite Apple Salad

 Favorite Apple Salad
A friend gave us this refreshing recipe, which immediately became a family favorite, especially with my mother and mother-in-law. For many meals, I'll prepare this crisp, colorful dish in place of an ordinary green salad. -Sharon Bielmyer, Holtwood, Pennsylvania
14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 cups chopped tart apples
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set the pineapple aside. Place
  • juice in a saucepan; add butter, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a
  • boil. Combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to the
  • saucepan, stirring constantly. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2
  • minutes. Chill. Stir in mayonnaise. In a large bowl, combine
  • pineapple, apples, grapes, poppy seeds and cooked dressing. Fold in
  • the pecans just before serving. Yield: 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One 3/4-cup serving (prepared with margarine and fat-free mayonnaise) equals 170 calories, 8 g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 1-1/2 fat.