Autumn Fruit Salad


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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6 cups cubed unpeeled apples

  • 2 cups halved seedless red grapes

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 cup walnut halves


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar and flour. Stir in water; bring to a boil. Cook and boil until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat; 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.