Since its incorporation in 1955, McDonald's Corporation has not only become the world's largest quick-service restaurant organization, but has literally changed Americans' eating habits--and increasingly the habits of non-Americans as well. On an average day, more than 46 million people eat at one of the company's more than 31,000 restaurants, which are located in 119 countries on six continents. About 9,000 of the restaurants are company owned and operated; the remainder are run either by franchisees or through joint ventures with local businesspeople. In 1954 Ray Kroc, a seller of Multimixer milkshake machines, learned that brothers Richard and Maurice (Dick and Mac) McDonald were using eight of his high-tech Multimixers in their San Bernardino, California, restaurant. His curiosity was piqued, and he went to San Bernardino to take a look at the McDonalds' restaurant.




Walnut and Fruit Salad

McDonald's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Candied Walnuts
1 teaspoon peanut oil
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

2 green apples, cored, cut into 14 slices (Granny Smith)
2 small red apples, cored, cut into 14 slices (Gala)
40 red seedless grapes
3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Immediately after slicing apples, dip the slices into lemon juice to keep from browning. Set aside.

To Make Candied Walnuts: Combine peanut oil, honey, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium skillet over medium heat. When the mixture begins to bubble, add the walnuts and stir constantly until the walnuts begin to caramelize (they may start smoking too). Quickly turn off the heat and keep stirring so they don't burn. After stirring for a minute or so, pour the walnuts onto a plate. Toss the nuts so they won't stick together.

To make your salad: Mix 7 slices of red apple, 7 slices of green apple, 10 grapes, 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 3 tablespoons of candied walnuts, stir and serve.


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