Purdue Caramel Apple Salad

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I first enjoyed this salad in the Purdue cafeteria while visiting my kids in 2005. They call it a "salad" but it's more like a dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain pineapple very well; reserve 1/2 cup liquid and set aside. In a large bowl, combine drained pineapple and marshmallows. Allow this to sit so the marshmallows will soften while you are making the pudding.
  2. Pudding directions: In a saucepan, whisk flour and sugar together. Pour in 1/2 cup pineapple juice and beaten egg. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it comes to a boil. Allow to boil 1-2 minutes while whisking to thicken. Cover surface with Saran Wrap and cool (can use ice bath for quicker cooling).
  3. Add cooled pudding to pineapple/marshmallow mixture. Stir in diced apples and Cool Whip.
  4. Place in 9x13 pan, sprinkle with nuts and cherry halves.
  5. Note - if this sits overnight, there will be some liquid on the bottom, which can be removed so the salad doesn't get "runny".
Most Helpful

Actually, I served this as a dessert. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. We particularly loved the salted peanuts in it. Great recipe, Cookin'Diva. Can't wait to make it again.

Merlot February 05, 2008

I left the peanuts out for the finicky eaters in my house but it didn't seem to make a difference. My 3 daughters LOVED it and ate every last bit of it! My husband is a Purdue grad himself and doesn't remember this dish but he loves that we call it the Purdue salad! Go Boilers!

Stargazerlilly July 12, 2007