Caramel Apple Salad [Recipe]

|By Kayla Domeyer| Featured, Recipes, Uncategorized

The first time I’d ever heard of Caramel Apple Salad, it was at the tasting for our wedding. Being that we were being wed in February, our choice of fruit dishes was slim. Our caterer ensured us that everyone would love their “secret recipe” Caramel Apple Salad, and they were right. The sweetness in this dish paired with crisp apples was delicious. We decided to put it on our wedding menu.

The day before our wedding, Hubby and I were in the reception hall setting up. The caterer was there prepping dishes and left a crumpled notebook on one of the tables. In need of a scrap of paper to jot things down, I opened the notebook searching for an unused sheet. What I found, was a list of hand-written recipes. Including that “secret” caramel apple salad.

In total covert spy style, I whipped out my cellphone and photographed the recipe, giddy to have this amazing dish for myself. I had big plans to wow my inlaws at every pot luck with my signature dish, denying all requests to share my secret.

Caramel Apple Salad - A potluck favorite, quick and easy  recipe great for fall apples! | | #caramel #apple #potluck #recipe

It wasn’t until the following fall that I decided to pull the recipe out of my stash and give it a shot. Unfortunately I had gotten a new cellphone and neglected to copy that photo! Crushed, I went to the internet hoping to findĀ something resembling that “secret” recipe.

You might have noticed the quotes around the word secret in this post. That’s because -as it turns out- this recipe is not anyone’s secret. After a quick internet search I found Its a quick and dirty compilation of pudding mixes, whipped cream and add ins. It bares resemblance to the popular Snickers Salad and it is ALL OVER the internet.

But you know what? Its still amazing. I get compliments every time I bring it to a party and countless people ask for the recipe. What’s more, its easy and quick to pull together. So, while it might not be a secret, its still my potluck favorite.


  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 package butterscotch instant pudding
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 4-6 apples, peeled and cored.
  • 3/4 cup nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pecans are all good. I don’t particularly like nuts in this recipe, so my version always skips this part.)


  1. Dice your apples in to 1/2 inch squares.
    Caramel Apple Salad - A potluck favorite, quick and easy  recipe great for fall apples! | | #caramel #apple #potluck #recipe
  2. Combine Cool Whip, butterscotch pudding mix and pineapple in a large mixing bowl.
    Caramel Apple Salad - A potluck favorite, quick and easy  recipe great for fall apples! | | #caramel #apple #potluck #recipe
  3. Fold in apples, and marshmallows (and nuts, if using).
  4. Let chill at least 3 hours.
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If you make this and bring it anywhere, prepare for people to ask you for the recipe. I don’t hesitate to share it anymore, after all, its no secret!



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15 Comments on Caramel Apple Salad [Recipe]

  1. Ashley
    November 21, 2013 at 11:12 am (2 years ago)

    I would love to make this for a party this weekend but we have an allergy to pineapple in the family. Is there something else that I could use in its place? Or could I just leave it out? But I am guessing that it needs the juice to help moisten the pudding mix? Please let me know asap thanks so much

    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am (2 years ago)


      I would think that maybe Mandarin oranges shredded up in the same way would work? Not only does it keep things moist, but it adds a fruitiness to combat the sweet caramel flavor. I’ve tried it without once (hubby doesn’t like pineapple) but it really needs it. I’ve thought about subbing in mandarin oranges for him, let me know how it works if you try it!

  2. Jackie Witowski
    September 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm (12 months ago)

    i dont like nuts either…nor do i like pineapple. is there something else i can use?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      September 11, 2014 at 8:57 am (12 months ago)

      Sorry Jackie, I haven’t really experimented in removing the pineapple. It is definitely needed as it is the main source of moisture for the dish. If you find something to substitute stop in and let us know! (That said, you don’t really taste the pineapple. It gives a sweet fruity undernote, but since it is crushed it mostly just blends in.)

  3. Kat
    November 8, 2014 at 4:41 am (10 months ago)

    Has Anyone tried it without the pineapples yet?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 9, 2014 at 9:51 am (10 months ago)

      No one has commented back about it. :/

      If you try it with the crushed mandarine oranges, please report back!

  4. Brittany
    November 9, 2014 at 8:34 am (10 months ago)

    Just wondering what size can of crushed pineapple to use?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 9, 2014 at 9:56 am (10 months ago)

      Just the “average” size 14.5 oz can!

  5. Shelly
    November 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm (9 months ago)

    What kind of apples did you use? Red or green?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm (9 months ago)

      I used red, but it might be good with green too!

  6. Diane Peirano
    November 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm (9 months ago)

    Do you drain the pineapple or use it with the juice? About how many servings does this salad make?

    • Kayla Domeyer
      November 26, 2014 at 8:47 am (9 months ago)


      I’m not sure it would be possible to drain the juice out of a can of crushed pineapple, as the fibers are so fine. Be sure to leave it in! The whole batch is about 2 quarts, so depending on your serving size it will feed a lot!


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