Waldorf salad

Waldorf salad

A classic Waldorf salad, according to Wikipedia, is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes, dressed in mayonnaise, and traditionally served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. Allegedly created by the Maître d’ of the Waldorf Astoria in New York in 1896, it has inspired many variations over time.

How about a healthier version that replaces mayonnaise with a lighter lemon and oil dressing? Easy enough! Chop chop chop, and I present my version of the Waldorf salad!

Any kind of apple can work, you just want to make sure it’s nice and crunchy, not mealy.

During grape season, I might have used fresh grapes, but I didn’t have any and decided to use dried cranberries. I just wanted the sweetness and color pop of the cranberries.

I used walnut oil because I have this delicious oil from La Tourangelle https://amzn.to/3a14T6C that is great in salads. It pairs nicely with the walnuts in the salad. But you could use olive oil instead.

I added apple cider vinegar to balance the lemon juice and pair with the apple, but you could also use all vinegar or all lemon juice.

This Waldorf salad makes a great side dish, or add some chopped up cooked chicken to make it a complete meal.

Check out some other side dishes:

https://cuisinewithme.com/perfect-roasted-asparagus/

https://cuisinewithme.com/lebanese-cabbage-salad/

Waldorf salad
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Waldorf salad

A Mediterranean Diet friendly version of the classic Waldorf salad, made of celery, apples, walnuts and cranberries. Crunchy and flavorful.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, celery, cranberry, walnut
Servings: 4
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Toast the walnuts in a skillet on medium high heat for a few minutes until fragrant. Pour onto a plate to cool and then chop coarsely.
  • Halve and core the apples and cut into 1/2-inch dice. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice.
  • Add the celery, green onions, cranberries and walnuts.
  • Drizzle with the oil and vinegar, add a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. Toss to mix well.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Waldorf salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
146
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
52
mg
2
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
10
g
3
%
Dietary Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Total Sugars
 
6
g
7
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
7
g
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
289
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
33
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
194
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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