McDonald's Fruit & Walnut Salad copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Fruit & Walnut Salad

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McDonald's enlisted Destiny's Child, Venus Williams, and Bob Greene (Oprah's trainer) to kick off its balanced lifestyles campaign in the spring of 2005, starting with this salad and the tagline "Get a fruit buzz." Most of the McDonald's fruit and walnut salad recipe is no big secret: two kinds of sliced apples, red seedless grapes, and low-fat vanilla yogurt. If there is a secret ingredient it's the candied walnuts which we can clone from scratch using honey, peanut oil, sugar and vanilla. 
Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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Candied Walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 16 slices each
  • 2 small Gala apples, cored and cut into 16 slices each
  • 40 red seedless grapes
  • 3/4 cup Dannon low-fat vanilla yogurt
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      1. Make the candied walnuts by combining the peanut oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium saute pan over medium heat in the order listed. When the mixture begins to bubble, add the chopped walnuts and stir constantly until the sugar begins to smoke and/or caramelize. Immediately turn off the heat and keep stirring the nuts so that they do not burn. After a minute of stirring off the heat, pour the nuts out onto a plate. Toss the nuts as they cool so they don't stick together.

      2. When the nuts have cooled, build each salad by mixing 8 slices of Granny Smith apple, 8 slices of Gala apple, 10 grapes, 3 tablespoons of yogurt, and 3 tablespoons of candied walnuts. Stir and serve. 

      Makes 4 servings.

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Jul 25, 2013, 22:00

To keep bananas or apples fresh, coat in agave syrup.

Jun 15, 2007, 22:00

Another way to keep fruit from turning is to dip it in sprite, 7up, Mountain Dew, or any off brand of the same type...this is how large grocery stores keep the bananas from turning in the fruit trays they sell.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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