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Taffy apple salad in a small white dish with a large glass serving dish in the background

Taffy Apple Salad

Kate Shungu
This sweet salad is the perfect side dish for a cookout. It really does taste like a taffy apple!
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 3 large Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts roughly chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

Instructions
 

  • Place the pineapple in a colander set over a large bowl. Drain pineapple thoroughly, pressing on it with the back of a spatula until no more juice comes out. This is essential to not having a watery salad, so please drain it really well! 
  • Chop the apples into ½ inch pieces. Place the apples in the bowl with the pineapple juice and toss. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the salad. 
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, flour, and vinegar until smooth. Whisk in the sugar. 
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of nuts to sprinkle on top.
  • Using a spatula, fold in the drained pineapple, the rest of the nuts, and whipped topping. 
  • Drain the apples and place them on a clean kitchen towel. Use the towel to thoroughly dry the apples. This is also essential to not having a watery salad!
  • Fold in the apples with a spatula. Transfer to a serving bowl, and top with the reserved nuts. 
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Notes

You MUST thoroughly drain the pineapple and thoroughly dry the apples. The salad will be watery if you don’t do this well. 
If you prefer, you can remove the skin from the apples before chopping. I prefer to keep the skin on for extra crunch! 
You cannot substitute whipped cream for the whipped topping. It needs to be whipped topping, sold in the freezer section of the grocery store. It has stabilizers in it that enable it to hold the apples, peanuts, and pineapple. 
You CAN substitute a non-dairy whipped topping, such as So Delicious Coco-Whip or Truwhip Vegan (make sure it’s marked “vegan”). That will make this dairy free! 
The salad is best on the day that it is made, but it can be made up to one day ahead. Refrigerate it until ready to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 8servingsCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 39mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32g
Keyword side dish salad, taffy apple salad
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