I decided that the perfect fall accompaniment to dinner one night would be waldorf salad. This is a salad that I remember from my childhood. It just made since with a drawer full of apples. The Waldorf Salad was first created by the Maitre’d at the Waldorf hotel in New York City. So if I had any doubt that Little Miss Mixture would enjoy this I knew I could entice her with the fanciness of being from the Waldorf Hotel and being a New York City food. Like many little girls she is taken by all things fancy and she absolutely loves the city.
Classic waldorf salad uses mayonnaise as the primary ingredient to bind the salad. As a southern girl there are things that mayonnaise is definitely needed for and I do enjoy some mayonnaise, but Little Miss Mixture is not a big fan and it is not the healthiest of condiments. So in an effort to lighten the salad and ensure everyone in the house would enjoy it, I decided to use greek yogurt. The problem, which is not really a problem depending on your preferred taste is that greek yogurt can be tangy. I love the tanginess of it but to create this salad and make it more traditional I needed to mask that. I am happy to say in less than fifteen minutes I had created what I thought was a pretty good version of Waldorf Salad. Give it a try and see for yourself. Waldorf salad can be a light meal served atop a bed of lettuce or as a nice side salad.
Waldorf Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing
1 1/2 cups apples*
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cups walnuts ( chopped )
1/2 cup celery ( diced )
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt ( non-fat )
2-3 tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix together the apples and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl or serving dish. In a small bowl combine the yogurt, honey, and mayonnaise. Combine to ensure the honey is evenly distributed in the mixture. Pour over the apple mixture and stir. Add lemon juice atop the bowl and stir once then refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Stir lightly before serving.
* I used Jonagold apple, as a sturdy apple holds up best in this dish.
Other great recipes that include apples and fall flavors.
Spinach, Apple, & Mushroom Salad in Maple Vinaigrette (Let’s Have Mixture)
Baked Apple Yogurt Parfait (Let’s Have Mixture)
Kale Waldorf Salad (The Fountain Avenue Kitchen)
Apple Pie Panini (Just a Taste)
Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa, Almond and Apple Salad in Maple Vinaigrette (Caroline Kaufman)