Apple Salad Recipe


We always viewed apple salad as a treat growing up. It was something my brother often begged for – even though he picked the celery out before eating it – and we all gobbled it down any chance we had.

This naturally gluten-free recipe makes me happy. I mean, who knew that a simple mixture of apples, dates, marshmallows, and celery could be so so delicious! I think this is one of those recipes where “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” definitely applies! 

Image shows a close up of a bowl of apple salad- sliced apples coated in dressing and mixed with celery and lettuce. Text above reads "Our Favorite Apple Salad Recipe"

I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of raw apples. Apple pie? Yes! Apple fritters? Gimme! But raw? Not so much. It’s the mushy texture of ripe, red apples that I learned to hate early on.

I’ve learned, though, that there are some good raw apples. Nice crisp and sweet-tart. Mmm. Perfect for apple salad making! 

So what I guess I’m saying is, don’t use your mushy, overripe apples in this recipe. Use good, crisp apples. We got a box of cameo apples with our co-op a few weeks ago, and they were amazing! 

Photo shows a close up of apple salad on a white plate- with diced apples, celery and chopped dates, covered in a creamy dressing. Text overlay reads "Our Favorite Apple Salad Recipe"

Apple Salad Recipe

This simple apple salad recipe is fresh, delicious, and super simple to make.

  • Author: Elise
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5-10 minutes


  • 23 apples
  • 12 celery stalks
  • 1/21 cup chopped dates
  • 1/21 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise (use this recipe to make your own!)


  1. Core and chop apples. Chop Celery. Mix All ingredients together.
  2. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Make sure to tell your kids they can’t just eat the marshmallows and dates. 😉
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. This is an oldie..but goodie! I just whipped up a small batch for supper..if it meets the men’s approval,I’ll make some for Christmas. We used to have this at holidays, It’s sad that it seems forgotten. Thanks for reminding me of something I used to love!!! P.S. I like your blog alot..found you by way of Little house living.

  2. Hi Elise,
    Apple Salad is one of my favorite winter time salads, this looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This reminds me of salads from the late 1960’s and 70’s.. retro awesome. Pinned. Thanks for sharing this with us on Weekend Bites.

  4. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  5. Thanks for this. I was recently given a slight variation of this recipe, instead of the dates and marshmallows, it was pineapple and mushroom. I will now have to try both out. They’re certainly not ingredients I would have thought to put together. : )

  6. Just a heads up, your apple fritter recipe links to this apple salad recipe instead. I’d love the fritter recipe but can’t find the link! Apple fritters are my favorite but haven’t had once since I had to go gluten free

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