Creamy Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad

08.04.2016

You can never have too many fruit salad recipes, right? Especially when they are this creamy and luscious and perfectly easy to prepare! This Creamy Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad is definitely going to be one of my go-to fruit salad recipes from now on. I made it at lunch time and before I’d even taken a bite of the rest of my lunch I’d polished off the my bowl of this and wanted more because it was just that good!

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Apples, walnuts and cinnamon just go together, and fruit salads with cream cheese (or in this case light cream cheese) are pretty much the best so you basically already know this is going to be good before tasting it. I love all the textures and flavors in this apple fruit salad. You get those perfectly crisp sweet apples, a light tartness from the dried cranberries, just the right amount of rich creaminess from the dressing and finally that wonderful crunch from the walnuts. Trust me, after one taste it’s a fruit salad you’ll crave from then on!

This is the perfect side to your end of summer cookouts coming up this month and of course it’s the perfect salad to transition into fall with! And let me just say do not leave out the walnuts in this salad. They really do take this salad over the top! And of course I didn’t just use any walnuts, I use Fishers Walnuts not only for there perfect flavor but because they are one of the only brands of recipe nuts made entirely without preservatives! They are one of my go to snacks plus I love adding them to salads, oatmeal, granola, pastas, baked goods, cheese balls (yeah I’m craving one of those right about now) and so much more! Try them in this fruit salad and see for yourself just how delicious they make it!

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Creamy Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Neufchatel cheese, softened slightly
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg light sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 lbs crisp , sweet apples, chilled (I used a combo of Gala, Jazz and Golden Delicious)
  • 2 cups cold water , for soaking apples
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice , for soaking apples
  • 1 cup chopped Fishers Walnuts
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:
  2. In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip together Neufchatel cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sour cream and vanilla and blend until combined. Chill until ready to serve salad.
  3. For the salad:
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine water and lemon juice. Dice apples into cubes, while cutting out core, and as your cutting them in batches dump them into the lemon water mixture and let rest about 1 minute then drain on paper towels (this just reduces the browning). Transfer apples to a bowl along with about 3/4 of the walnuts and 3/4 of the cranberries, and the Neufchatel cheese mixture. Toss to coat apples evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 of the walnuts and cranberries over top. Keep chilled and serve within an hour for best results*.
  5. *The dressing can be made a day in advance just don't cut the apples until your almost ready to serve this. Also, it makes a big batch so if you aren't serving that many you can cut the recipe in half.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

15 comments

  • Gretchen Johnson: I will try this salad this weekend looks very good. September 8, 2016 at 9:47pm Reply

  • Shayna: How long will this keep once made? Thanks September 26, 2016 at 10:07am Reply

  • Elisabeth: I might have missed it but how many servings is in this recipe? November 10, 2016 at 7:37am Reply

  • Yvonne: What happens if served later than an hour…maybe 2-3 hours after made? November 13, 2016 at 5:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The apples just brown a bit. You can make the cream cheese mixture ahead of time and store it in the fridge then let it soften at room temp. November 13, 2016 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Rachel Pope: Hey how many servings is this? November 21, 2016 at 1:11pm Reply

  • Jane: Oh my goodness! I just made this and it is DELICIOUS! I only made a half a batch and I think I’m going to have to make the rest in a day or two because it won’t last. Even my picky daughter LOVED it! Used Gala apples and used 3/4 t. cinnamon for a half a batch. So yummy! November 27, 2016 at 12:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family enjoyed it Jane! Thanks for your review :). November 27, 2016 at 5:19pm Reply

    • Susan Yakus: How many servings would it make for a brunch? I have 16 people. Would I make a full batch? February 14, 2017 at 10:27am Reply

  • Marcia schwefler: Cannot wait to try this. I’ve always loved Waldorf salad but this has added ingredients which look appetizing. I’ll let you know my results. Thx for recipe. 😜 November 29, 2016 at 8:50pm Reply

  • Susan Yakus: I am making this for a brunch. How many can I expect to serve? February 1, 2017 at 9:11pm Reply

  • Lisa: This looks delicious (minus the walnuts) and perfect for BBQs. I actually think I will make this for a graduation party I’m helping host. Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Lisa at Dreams and Caffeine May 4, 2017 at 7:50am Reply

  • LeAnn Plott: I had to comment because I’m obsessed with this recipe. I make the dressing and use it all week on individually cut up apples for single servings. I eat it for dessert and also breakfast. Great recipe! August 18, 2017 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Julie: How many servings does this make please?? Thinking of making it for a large graduation party and need to know how many X to multiply this recipe by. Thanks!! August 23, 2017 at 5:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t know why I didn’t add that. I believe it made about 8 – 9 servings. August 24, 2017 at 4:01pm Reply

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