One of the best recipes for caramel apple salad requires only milk, butterscotch pudding mix, whipped topping, apples and peanuts. An alternative recipe uses caramel ice cream topping and butter lettuce.
One recipe for caramel apple salad is a dessert salad. Cut apples into chunks so that you have 3 1/2 cups. Add 1 cup of cold fat-free milk to 1 package of sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients until the pudding thickens.
Stir in 1 cup of reduced-fat whipped topping, then add in the remaining 1 cup of whipped topping. Add the apples and mix. Chill the salad. Sprinkle salted peanuts on top of the salad before serving it. You can also whip heavy cream and sugar together and use it to replace the reduced-fat whipped topping for a thicker salad.
An alternative to the dessert caramel apple salad is a vegetable salad with a caramel dressing. Cut 3 Granny Smith apples into wedges. Wash and rinse a head of butter lettuce. Place it in a serving dish, add the apples and sprinkle 1 cup of walnuts on top. Finally, add 3/4 cup of caramel ice cream topping to the salad as a dressing.