Preheat oven to 350 F. In large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add eggs, applesauce, and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Fold in oats, dried fruit, and nuts until combined. Drop cookie dough by large rounded tablespoonfuls on to silicon-lined cookie sheets (or spray with non-stick vegetable oil), press with the back of a fork to slightly flatten. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for a few minutes on the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container or cookie jar.