Perfect for the winter season, this cranberry orange apple salad is light and refreshing with a punch of protein with plain Greek yogurt.

Cranberry Orange Apple Salad in a confetti sprinkled white bowl

After a succulent cake full of tropical fruits and coconut laden cream cheese frosting, I wanted to ratchet up the dial on the healthy scale and share something with you that has been in my fridge countless weeks on end… Okay, claficiation – I’ve made multiple batches of this for weeks on end, not the same batch stretched out over weeks. It would be grody to the Nth degree if that happen. Yikes. What I mean to say is that this is utterly healthy and absolutely swoon worthy.

This recipe actually isn’t my own, but my future sister in laws. Girl is a whizz in the kitchen and has created several recipes that have ended up being published. One being a Barley Spinach Salad and the other being, wait for it – no really, I have to tell you to not judge this recipe by the title itself. When she first told us what she made Ben and I just about lost it. The two concepts of this dish scream that they shouldn’t come within a ten foot pole of one another – but her execution was so flawless, it scored an 11/10 at the recipe contest and festival she entered this recipe into. Are you ready now? Have I given this the appropriate amount of buildup? Like a teenage boy on prom night…Sorry. Couldn’t help that joke. She made a Spiced Lentil Cheesecake.

this cranberry orange apple salad is light and refreshing with a punch of protein with plain Greek yogurt.

Mind. Effin’. Blown.

Not only did I take a taste of this to gauge my reaction,  but I then grabbed the nearest fork and sliced me off a piece that was so devoured so ravenously I couldn’t speak between bites.

It won the top award of the Lentil Festival in Ben’s and my college town of Pullman. Yes, the National Lentil Festival. It’s a thing.

Well this recipe of hers is one she served to Ben and I and some visiting family one weekend back in Pullman. After four servings myself – it was time that I took the recipe and made it for myself.

Ingredients to Make Cranberry Orange Apple Salad

  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Craisins
  • Golden Raisins
  • Navel Orange
  • Pecans, optional
  • Plain Greek Yogurt

How to Make Cranberry Orange Apple Salad

Source yourself 3 large Honeycrisp apples, or about 5 standard size crisp apples. I’m a honeycrisp over-obsessor so they’re my go-to apple.  Dice them up into small bite size pieces and set aside in a large bowl.

Top apples with about 1/3 −1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt.

Zest yourself an entire orange and add it to the apples and yogurt.

Add in 1/4 cup of each golden raisins and craisins and mix the whole batch together until throughly mixed.

And if you’re feeling rebellious, like I often do – add in 1/2 cup of chopped pecans to the mix. It’s a fabulous almost tart, earthy taste and wonderful texture addition.

This couldn’t get much simpler. Wouldn’t you agree? Let the whole thing meld about 8 hours so the apples infused with the yogurt and sweeten it up just enough to be pleasing. If it sits overnight it’s a beautiful thing.

I’m convinced you will be making batch after batch of this. Health foodies unite!

So tell me – what’s your favorite salad? This fruit salad might be mine.

Cranberry Orange Apple Salad in a confetti sprinkled white bowl shot from overhead with two small oranges and spoons next to the salad

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Wanna Be A Waldorf Salad

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  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Rest Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This salad is utterly healthy and absolutely swoon worthy.  A simple set of ingredients turns into this fresh, sweet, crunchy salad that will have you coming back for more.


Units Scale
  • 3 Honeycrisp Apples, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – or 1 container 6 oz for simplicity sake 😉
  • 1/4 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1 Orange, zested


  1. In large bowl, add cut apples, yogurt, raisins, cranberries, pecans and zest of orange.
  2. Mix thoroughly until yogurt is coating apple pieces and pecans, cranberries, zest and raisins are evenly distributed.
  3. Cover and place in fridge to meld for about 8 hours or overnight. Serve and promptly devour.


Original recipe from Michelle Keno, adapted by Megan Pence