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Autumn Apple Salad

Whether I make it for a Sunday dinner, a company dinner or a covered-dish dinner, people like the blend of flavor in this salad. The ladies ask for the recipe...the men ask me to make sure their wives get a copy of it! Our house is on the edge of town. It has lots of room for gardening (my husband, my parents and grandparents, all lived on farms). I'm a second-grade teacher with two boys, 5 and 2, who "help" Mommy cook.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9-12 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup diced unpeeled apples
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • Lettuce leaves


  • In a saucepan, combine pineapple and sugar; bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Add cream cheese; stir until mixture is thoroughly combined. Cool.
  • Fold in apples, nuts, celery and whipped topping. Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and serve on lettuce leaves.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 219 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jul 1, 2017

    This fall salad is awesome!! I fixed it and we couldn't get enough of it!! It's definitely a keeper!!!

  • gusalice57
    Nov 12, 2015

    Excellent!! I made it yesterday for a Veterans Day Dinner at our Club House and many asked for the recipe. I will be making it for our Thanksgiving Dinner, also.

  • SPO1966
    Dec 19, 2012

    I tried this recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving this year and it was a hit! It is so easy to make too. It is right up there with the orange gelatin pretzel salad as my favorite go to dessert recipes for the holidays or anytime!

  • Denco24
    Sep 23, 2012

    This is a wonderful recipe. I made it, following the recipe and took it to a potluck, where it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it.

  • faith7025
    May 26, 2011

    I absolutely love this salad! I often sub sugar free jello and replace some or all of the sugar with Splenda. It seems like I make this about once every month for some event, but I think I could eat the entire bowl by myself! Yummy!

  • Seeker4recipes
    Jan 3, 2011

    I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it so much my Mother made it for Christmas. It's really good!

  • bjcox150
    Oct 21, 2010

    Took this to a family dinner.Everyone really liked it.

  • marcia
    Sep 20, 2010

    This is a wonderful recipe! I receive requests for it year-round! Thank you Taste of Home for providing this recipe!

  • windsong77077
    Jun 1, 2010

    Wonderful even in the summer. So easy to prepare and it's a favorite whereever I bring it. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • windsong77077
    May 20, 2010

    Excellent! Refreshing even in summer. Many requests whenever I take this anywhere. Men LOVE it also. Try will not be sorry.