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Posted on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 : 1:25 p.m.

No time for apple pie? Try Three- Apple Salad with Ginger-Yogurt Dressing

By Peggy Lampman


Three-Apple Salad with Yogurt-Ginger Dressing

Peggy Lampman | Contributor

Peggy Lampman's Friday dinnerFeed:
No time to make apple pies? Here's another recipe to celebrate Michigan's apple season.

I made this recipe a couple of years back, doubling the ingredients for a tailgate party. It's slimmed back to the original size, yielding about 8 cups, which may also be scaled down to suit your needs.


I used Michigan Prime Gold, Gala and Empire apples. Galas are great in salads, and the red Empires lend a sweet and tart crunch. The flavor and texture of Prime Golds reminds me of a firm pear, which I love.

The cream cheese mixture may be made up to 48 hours in advance, omitting grated ginger. The salad, including ginger, may be made up to 4 hours in advance of serving. Before serving, stir and garnish. The dressing would also double as a delicious fresh fruit dip.

Yield: Appx. 1 & 1/2 cups dressing (about 8 cups of salad)
Time: 40 minutes


6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole milk yogurt (I prefer strained Greek-style)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated (not chopped) ginger root
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, divided
6 medium assorted apples: washed, cored, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 lemon
3/4 cups toasted walnuts or pecans plus 1/4 cup
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries, divided (optional)


1. In a food processor or mixer, combine cream cheese, yogurt, honey and ginger. Stir in 1/2 tablespoon of parsley.
2. Squeeze lemon juice over cut apple pieces. Combine with the yogurt mixture and 3/4 cups of the nuts.
3. Place in large bowl or serving dish. Sprinkle finished salad with remaining parsley, walnuts and dried fruit.

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