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crisp apple salad in a bowl

Crisp Apple Salad with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: chopping
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This sweet and tangy Apple Salad with Lemon Yogurt Sauce recipe is easy to throw together for a weeknight side dish and great for a special occasion. Crisp apples in a zesty sauce with raisins and nuts make a flavorful combination with any pork dish, roast turkey and grilled meats.


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Yogurt Sauce 

  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 lemon, juiced-divided
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or golden raisins
  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt*
  • 23 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, optional


  • 4 Gala or Honeycrisp apples, medium size
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds


  1. Prep Ingredients. Zest the lemon. Cut the lemon in half and juice. Place half the lemon juice in a small bowl with dried fruit to plump them. Preheat dry nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat on the stovetop. Toast nuts in the pan until slightly browned and fragrant, about 3 – 5 minutes.  Allow nuts to cool. Core and dice apples. Dice celery.
  2. Combine Yogurt Sauce. Stir yogurt, honey, remaining lemon juice, lemon zest, and spices in a serving bowl.
  3. Add Salad Ingredients. Add celery, apple pieces, and half the nuts to the yogurt sauce and mix until combined. Add dried fruit with lemon juice.
  4. Garnish. Top salad with reserved nuts and a few dashes of cinnamon sprinkled on top. Serve cold.


*The plain, unsweetened yogurt can be cow or plant-based. You can use homemade, Greek, or standard, with the fat content you prefer. I like yogurt made from whole milk because it is generally processed less than skim or fat-free varieties. Mediterranean diet – use whole milk yogurt; SCD – use homemade yogurt.

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