The first fall apples are just now appearing at the farm stands. They are so delicious, crisp & tart that I cannot get enough of them! Although usually they do come in a fairly large bag. Even though they are delicious eaten plain as a snack, it is always nice to be able to incorporate them into a dish. I was trying to think of the best way to use them in a really healthy salad. (I love fruit mixed in with salad as you may have noticed!)
Then I remembered something called a “Waldorf Salad” that my mom used to make. The ingredients were simple; lettuce, apples, red grapes, walnuts, raisins, celery and mayonnaise. It was actually a nice, crunchy combination, but the way it was made back then had too much heavy mayonnaise for my liking. So I came up with a lighter version that still brought the same basic ingredients together in a more modern and healthy way!
Modern Waldorf Salad Ingredients:
- 1 head of butter lettuce (torn or chopped into large pieces. Romaine or iceberg can be substituted)
- 1 – 2 cups of baby watercress
- 2 tart fall apples (sliced)
- 1 – 2 cups of organic (if possible) red grapes (some cut in half)
- 2 stalks of celery (thinly sliced – chop some of the tops)
- 3/4 cup of walnuts
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup of plain yogurt
- 1 – 2 TB. of mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- juice of one lemon
- salt & pepper to taste
* Mix all the salad ingredients together in a salad bowl. (reserve 1/3 of it)
* Pour half of the dressing and lightly toss it into the salad.
* top with the rest of the salad ingredients and gently arrange on top.
* Add a few extra grinds of salt & pepper.
* Add an extra drizzle of dressing over the salad, or pass it around for individual servings, as desired.
Serve and enjoy!