This is one of the easiest salads to prepare. I came up with this recipe one day when I needed a crunchy salad to serve with a holiday meal. I am not a regular Waldorf salad fan, but I wanted a salad along the same lines. So thinking apples and tying in the whole holiday flavor thing together I remembered how much I loved cranberries and oranges together. Throw in some celery and walnuts, and Bob’s your uncle! But then, what to do for a dressing? For this salad, anything with a mayonnaise base just didn’t seem like it would work. I wanted a dressing that was creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. I had a small amount of marshmallow cream left in the fridge so I thought that might be an interesting ingredient for a dressing. Then I thought about vanilla pudding. So I made a small box of vanilla pudding and combined some of the cold pudding with the marshmallow crème. I was happily surprised when the combination produced an absolutely delicious and very creamy salad dressing not only great for this recipe, but for other types of fruit salads. And Mr. C, always the good sport, was very happy to eat the rest of the pudding over the course of the next couple of days. What a guy!

So any time you need an easy fruit salad that everyone from your youngest to your oldest family member or guest will enjoy, give this recipe a try. And doubling or tripling this salad could not be easier.

  • 3.5-oz. prepared vanilla pudding cup or 1/2 c. vanilla pudding
  • 3 T. marshmallow crème
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange peel or chopped orange zest
  • ¼ c. dried cranberries
  • 3 chopped unpeeled granny Smith apples
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. chopped walnuts

Whisk the vanilla pudding, marshmallow crème, and orange rind/zest together in a medium sized bowl. Add the dried cranberries, apples, celery, and walnuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.