Apple Fruit Salad with Cool Whip is a healthier version of a snickers apple salad or taffy apple salad. With candy chunks, vanilla pudding, cool whip, and lots of apples, this fruit salad with cool whip is sure to please. Gluten-free.
The combination of vanilla pudding, cool whip, apple chunks, and candy pieces is sure to please anyone that tastes this recipe. FYI, plan on making a double or triple batch of this recipe if you are headed to an event with more than 8 people. 🙂
Check out this video for step-by-step instructions on how to make a delicious and creamy fruit salad!
HOW TO MAKE
- In a large bowl, whisk dry instant vanilla pudding mix with milk.
- Stir in whipped topping and apples.
- Top with candy chunks.
- Serve or refrigerate until serving.
Start by adding a dry pudding mix into a bowl and pouring in skim milk. I typically use a vanilla pudding mix for this recipe because the vanilla flavor pairs well with the cool whip and apple chunks.
Whisk pudding mix and milk together until the mixture becomes creamy.
Next, add the cool whip & stir into the pudding.
INGREDIENT SWAP: Greek yogurt could be used instead of the cool whip in this recipe. Picking a vanilla Greek yogurt would add an extra boost of flavor.
Then, stir in the apple chunks until everything is combined. I prefer to use green apples because the tartness of the apple adds a great flavor to the salad.
Once your apple pieces are stirred into the salad, toss in candy chunks or another ingredient. This is the part of the recipe that I LOVE to get creative.
- Dark Milky ways
- Caramel drizzle
- Pecan or walnut pieces
- Coconut flakes
- Mini marshmallows
- Mandarin oranges
- Maraschino cherries
- Crushed pineapple
You can pick a single ingredient or a combination.
This fruit salad with cool whip and pudding is a great recipe to keep at the top of the menu as summer approaches to serve as an afternoon snack or nightly dessert.
It is also an excellent healthy dessert recipe to bring to any potluck, picnic, birthday party or work event that you have on your calendar.
More healthy desserts
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Apple Fruit Salad with Cool Whip
- 3.4 ounces dry instant vanilla pudding mix ✅
- 1 cup skim milk
- 8 ounces cool whip ✅
- 3 green apples, cored and diced
- 1-2 snickers, cut into pieces
- Blend the pudding and milk. In a large bowl, whisk dry instant pudding mix with milk.3.4 ounces dry instant vanilla pudding mix, 1 cup skim milk
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir in cool whip and apples. Top with candy chunks.8 ounces cool whip, 3 green apples, cored and diced, 1-2 snickers, cut into pieces
- Serve. Serve or refrigerate until serving.