The Shady Porch: Waldorf Salad...Crunchy and Creamy

5.26.2014

Waldorf Salad...Crunchy and Creamy

To my mind, salads are nearly as great as casseroles and crock pot dinners. There are so many fantastic salads; they are a lot like soup in that you can throw nearly anything in them and have a winner! This recipe for Waldorf Salad looks like it was created by someone who just kept throwing things together until they won! My gran would make Waldorf Salad for special gatherings, but it became so popular that you could find a bowl in the refrigerator on a regular basis. I don't eat many apples (unless of course, there is an awesome dip involved), but I love their crunchy sweetness in this salad; Waldorf Salad is a winning combination of sweet and savory, crunchy and creamy. 

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad...Crunchy and Creamy

Waldorf Salad

Ingredients:
2-3 red apples, washed and diced (approx 2 cups)
1 c. celery chopped
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 t. salt, optional
1/4 c. mayonnaise or plain yogurt

[optional ingredients - grapes, cubed cheese, raisins or dried cranberries, cubed chicken] 

Directions:
After I diced the apples, I added water to the bowl they were in and then I added about a 1/4c. lemon juice to it and stirred. This kept them fresh while I diced the celery. I added the diced celery to the lemon water as well, just as a final bath. Next, I drained and rinsed them before proceeding. 
 
Keep the apples in lemon water until you're ready to mix and toss!

Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl. Toss to thoroughly coat. Chill and serve. For a nice presentation, use a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with cinnamon or paprika.


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