Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Fruit Salad

A few years ago, at this same time of year, I was asked to contribute a salad for my Mother-in-Law's birthday dinner.  I had been apprised of what my Sisters-in-Law were making and considered what kind of salad would complement.

When I found this recipe at All Recipes, I was enchanted by the introduction by the contributor, Kathryn Booher, who said, "I've made this recipe for special dinners all through my 46 married years, and it's always been a hit.  My sister worked for a farm wife during the late '30s and early '40s and she got this recipe from her.  It's especially delicious when the apples are freshly picked, and it adds wonderful color to any table!"  I was sold. 

Autumn Fruit Salad
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups cubed unpeeled apples
2 cups halved seedless red grapes
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and flour.  Stir in water; bring to a boil.  Cook and stir until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.  Cool to room temperature. 

In a large bowl, combine apples, grapes, celery and walnuts.  Add the dressing and toss gently.  Refrigerate until serving. 

Mrs. Booher, thank you for this wonderful recipe.  I've made it a few times and it is very delicious.  The dressing, or sauce, is very unusual, and I just love it!  I just made it again yesterday, for another one of my beautiful Mother-in-Law's birthday dinners.


  1. That sounds and looks delicious. Like a Waldorf Salad on steroids. I'll put this one on my to-do list. Thanks, Rocquie!

  2. Rocquie, your salad is lovely and so are your sentiments about your Mother in Law, very nice. I remember seeing cooked fruit salad dressings years ago in "old" cookbooks, but as a new cook thought, no thank you. But this looks delicious, and I think I am now "old" enough to enjoy this salad. Thanks!