Applewoods Green on Green Salad {Copycat}


Since the age of 4 my family took me to Applewoods Restaurant in Oklahoma City for my birthday dinner.  Applewoods was a very unique restaurant that had apples as a theme on the menu.   It may have seemed like a strange place to take a little kid for their birthday, but let’s just say I was the “princess” type and it suited me well.   Plus they served these awesome little Apple Fritters and the moment you were finished with the first one they laid another on your plate.  I loved this place and we went every single year, but unfortunately they closed around 2005 (just before my birthday!).  So now I have been searching for recipes that are similar to the ones served at Applewoods and have plenty to share with you all!    The first one I am sharing is the Applewoods Green on Green Salad.


(This is a pic of my best friend and I on my 16th birthday out of the top of a limo… In my left hand is an apple balloon from Applewoods that they would often hand out to kids! )

Green On Green Salad 2

Applewoods served two signature salads… the Green on Green and the Apple Waldorf.  I always chose the Green on Green myself.    The ingredients  for the dressing are very simple.  Grated Parmesan, mayonnaise,  sour cream and minced garlic.  Yep… that is it!  I know that it sounds more like Alfredo than a Salad Dressing, but you’ll just have to trust me- it’s amazing!

Green On Green Salad

 The other ingredient that is unique to this salad is the minced cauliflower.  I always thought it looked like cheese, but it really adds a nice flavor to the salad.   I really have no idea why it is called Green on Green Salad, but I love it no matter what it is called!  Enjoy!

  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder (can add more to taste)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • SALAD:
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped cauliflower
  • cherry tomatoes (at least one per plate)
  • (optional) 6 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • I don't remember what lettuce they actually used, but if I recall it was just romaine and iceberg.
  1. Tear up the lettuce and romaine into bite sized pieces for the salad in a large bowl. Add salad dressing and cauliflower... toss to combine. Serve with a tomato (or two) with the salad. Enjoy!
  2. (you might want to double this recipe if you like a lot of dressing on your salad!)

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  1. Tracy says

    I grew up outside OKC and I, too, remember Applewood’s! I found this recipe for Applewood’s Apple Fritters last year but haven’t tried it yet….thought I’d pass it along to another Applewood’s fan, so here ya go;

    Also, Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman, also has an apple recipe on her blog that people say is like Applewood’s fritters.

    Cauliflower is being added to on my list tomorrow so I can try your salad out. Thanks for sharing….now, we need to work on Harry Bear’s french fry seasoning!

  2. says

    So cool that you recreated this recipe from such fond memories! I wish I could recreate the dishes my mom made but I’m not as good as she ;). But if I come up with anything, I’ll be sure to share!

  3. Jennice says

    I loved their cheese soup also! I remember asking the waiter when I was dining years ago what was the specific flavor. He told me it was sherry. I would LOVE that recipe.

  4. Jill says

    Thanks for this recipe! I too went to Applewoods for my birthday every year growing up. I miss this salad and their beer cheese soup and apple fritters and amazing buttery rolls. All the yummy appetizers were a meal in themselves!

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