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Hi, I'm Betty and welcome to Betty’s Kitchen. Today, we are going to do a recipe called apple salad, and this is a recipe that I made up about 20 years ago and brought them to my family, and I have never given it up to anyone until I'm giving it to you today. It’s one of the most requested recipes in my immediate family.
I will start with a couple of apples and these are red delicious. You can use any type of apple that you like, it doesn’t have to be red and doesn’t have to be sweet, any type of apple. You’re going to chop two of those apples and put them in a mixing bowl. So that’s what I have right here.
Next, we have seedless grapes. These are red seedless grapes. If you prefer, you could use green seedless grapes. And these are very small, so I will need to do is wash them and put them in a container until I have two cups worth. The next item that I'm using is peanuts. These are salted peanuts. You’ll make sure that you have the kind that doesn’t have any husk to it or any pealing. It needs to be already peeled and salted.
So let’s start by putting the grapes and then the chopped apples, and then notice that those apples are coarsely chopped. It doesn’t need to be fine, they need to match the size of the grape very well. And then we’ll pour in one cup of salted peanuts. And we now want to mix these together a little bit, before we make our dressing and actually, we’re not going to make a dressing as such. We’re going to put the ingredients on top here and then stir. The ingredients are one cup of mayonnaise which I have measured up here, and I always use the mayo free.
I would like to save a little bit of fat and calories, so we do that. I'm going to use lemon juice and I'm going to need one ounce. So I have measured that, at an ounce. On the cup, you will see measuring cups that have the ounces on the side. This is 1/8 of a cup, and that’s just lemon juice. If you prefer, you may use white vinegar.
The last ingredient that’s going to make up the sauce is a Splenda, for this case. If you prefer to make it sugar, that’s fine. So I have ¼ cup of Splenda. You may make that ¼ cup of sugar or you may use some other sugar substitute if you like.
So let’s get this mayonnaise out of the cup and into the mixing bowl. And then we have our lemon juice actually dissolves the mayonnaise and makes it nice and creamy. And I will say that the lemon juice is necessary because you have those apples in there. In fact, I put a splash of lemon juice on the apples as I was chopping them up. If you don’t do that, the apples will turn brown and you will not have a very nice salad. And then let’s put our one quarter of a cup of Splenda. Just sprinkle that over the top and you can see, this preparation is very quick and easy.
We’re almost done. We’re going to mix up our dressing which is on the top of the salad, and just turn the bowl and stir. They are coming together, and it will take minutes, more or less than that. You’re going to say that you have a nice creamy dressing. The mixture that I have here is a mixture of sweet. Also, it’s a mixture of salty and sweet. And that’s what make it taste so good.
So it’s a real favorite in our family and I hope it will be in yours. This is about done, so I'm going to put it into a serving dish. You might want to have individual serving dishes for this or you might want just to keep it in the bowl that you have prepared it in or maybe transfer it to a serving bowl and let people get their own. But I'm just going to place nice serving into a bowl for an individual guest. Once we have it, let’s take a bite,, see if it turned out alright. It’s immediately ready, although, what I would do at this point is put it in the refrigerator covered with seren wrap, and chill it until I need it. It tastes very good. I think you will really like it. Enjoy!