Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What's in a Waldorf Salad?

Ever heard of Waldorf Salad? Since many people on my Etsy team, the NaturalKids team, make Waldorf style toys I thought it would be fun to look up the recipe and make it. The original Waldorf Salad was invented by a chef of Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. It has lots of things in it that kids love. It's pretty much a fruit salad. Just leave out the nuts if you have people in the family who have nut allergies.

"According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d'hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria. The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts were added later to this now American classic."

Some people prefer their Waldorf salad made with yogurt, instead of mayo. I am definitely a great fan of the yogurt version. It's lighter and healthier!


1 1/2 tart crisp apples (red and green mixed makes the salad look pretty)

2 stalks celery

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup fresh red grapes cut into halves

3-4 Tablespoons Greek fat free yogurt

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

pepper and salt to taste

fresh lettuce or greens such as Romaine or Bib Lettuce

How to make it?
Chop Walnuts lightly and toast them in a pan. Whisk yogurt and lemon juice together. Add a tad of sugar. Core apples making sure to remove all the seeds. Cut apples into small bite sized pieces. Wash celery stalks and slice thinly; add walnuts and grapes. Serve on a bed of lettuce in a pretty bowl.

YIELDS: 5 to 6 servings

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