May 02, 2013

Classic Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salads have been enjoyed by many over the years, both in restaurants and at home. Made popular and first created by a chef at New York City’s famous Waldorf Hotel (later becoming the Waldorf Astoria) in the late 1800s, this salad is traditionally made using celery and apples with a mayonnaise-based dressing, usually served on a bed of lettuce. The addition of dried fruits and nuts was incorporated later.

Chances are, you already have all the ingredients on hand to make a yummy, easy to prepare Waldorf salad! Apples, nuts, celery and raisins… the only thing that some people may not have is raw cashews which I use for the dressing, in place of oily mayonnaise. As you know, if you’ve been following my blog for any time, I use a LOT of cashews in place of milk/cream products in my recipes. You can find them in any health food store in the bulk bins (my grocery store now has them in their bulk section, too!). They can be costly at an average of $10 per pound. But if you know you’ll be using a lot of them, I found a great source here: Raw Cashews at only $7 per pound (including shipping) for a 5-pound bag.

What’s great about this salad is you can change it up to include your favorite nuts and dried fruits. I usually add green grapes but couldn’t find any that were organic so didn’t use them here. Conventionally-grown grapes are very heavily sprayed with pesticides! Make sure you only buy organic.

I love the sweet crunch and tangy flavors of this timeless American classic. I’m sure you will too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet apples (I used Gala, nice and crunchy!)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup halved red grapes (or raisins)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup raw hemp seeds (for garnish)

      ~for the dressing

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 medjool dates

Directions:

  1. First make your dressing. Place all dressing ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Chop the apples, celery and onion into bite-sized pieces. Roughly chop the walnuts.
  3. Combine the above with all remaining salad ingredients (except the hemp seeds), tossing them together in a large bowl.
  4. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  5. Serve on a bed of greens.
  6. Garnish with hemp seeds for a superior source of plant-healthy protein.
Serves 2 as a large main dish or 4 as a side. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

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