It’s that time of year again! Christmas parties with family, friends, and church, and a lot of potlucks. When I’m asked to bring a dish, I usually go with dessert because that is my comfort zone but I have wanted to branch out and do the salad scene. I love salads, but it seems at least to me that there are only a few salads out there that we all take to the parties, like; green salad, broccoli, jello, and pasta.
I have been on a mission to find something different. Since I love caramel this was my first stop! What I love about this is that it looks like all the salads that you usually see on the table at many gatherings but once you dig in there are so many different flavors going on that you will be hooked!
1 cup pretzels, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
8 ounce whipped cream cheese
3 cups diced apples- I used one green and one red
3/4 cup caramel sauce
3 cups Cool Whip
- Pretzels: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the chopped pretzels, pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter.
- Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet and then spread out the mixture onto the pan. Bake for about 7 minutes. Let cool and then break it into small pieces.
- Cream cheese: In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and caramel sauce until smooth.
- Fold in the Cool Whip. Stir in the diced apples and the pretzel mixture. Garnish with a handful of pecans and drizzle with caramel.