• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnut
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 16 slices
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 cup Dannon low fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 40 red seedless grapes
  • Candied Walnuts
  • 2 small gala apples, cored and cut into 16 slices


Top Secret Recipes
version of
McDonald’s® Fruit & Walnut Salad

by Todd Wilbur

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 recipe is no big secret: Two kinds of sliced apples, red seedless grapes and low-fat vanilla yogurt. But this new product did inspire another way to candy
walnuts. It’s a quick technique that includes honey and peanut oil, along with
some granulated sugar and a little vanilla. Also, you should know that McDonald’s has to use a special preservative coating on the apple slices to keep them from turning brown in the ten minutes or so that it takes for sliced apples to turn brown. Copy this recipe at home, and you won’t have to worry about such things.

Nutrition Facts

Calories – 310
Total Fat – 13g
Saturated Fat – 2g
Total Carbohydrate – 44g
Protein – 5g


1. Make the candied walnuts by combining peanut oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium skillet over medium heat in the order listed. When the mixture begins to bubble, add chopped walnuts and stir constantly until sugar
begins to smoke and/or caramelize. Immediately turn off heat and keep stirring the nuts so that they do not burn. After a minute of stirring off the heat, pour nuts out onto a plate. Toss nuts as they cool so that they don’t stick

2. When 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