When I remember my grandma’s Waldorf salad, I distinctly remember the sweet taste of apples and grapes, mixed with the crunchiness of celery and walnuts. Throughout my youth, I don’t remember a holiday that didn’t include my grandma’s Waldorf salad as a highlight to the dinner menu. As a result, I carry on that tradition by including Skinny Vegan Waldorf Salad as a delicious vegetable, fruit and nut salad for my holiday menus as one of my favorite Waldorf salads recipes.
Generally, Waldorf salad is made of fresh celery, apples, walnuts, and grapes, dressed in a tangy dressing served as a side dish or appetizer. Instead of using mayonnaise, as traditionally made, I created a vegan cashew dressing with a hint of dijon mustard and maple syrup. Similarly, the dressing enhances the sweet and savory components of the salad, while giving it a creamy and decadent texture.
CHOOSING THE APPLES, GRAPES, AND NUTS
Although traditional Waldorf salad usually contains all green apples and grapes, I prefer to use Honey Crisp apples and red grapes. Not only does this enhance the flavors of the salad, but the vibrant colors also create the beautifully appealing Skinny Vegan Waldorf Salad. Then, I add red onions and parsley for additional color and flavor.
Red onions, for instance, are similar to yellow onions in flavor, but their vibrant purple color adds to the aesthetics of the salad. The raw walnuts, for example, add an earthy tone to the salad. Despite their obvious health benefits, raw walnuts contain all the antioxidants for health, whereas roasted nuts lose their nutritional value in cooking.
Specifically, I prefer organic raw walnuts, because they do not require washing, and also remain firm and crunchy in Waldorf salads recipes.
MAKE YOUR SIDE DISH INTO A MEAL WITH THESE SIMPLE ADDITIONS
To be honest, I love Waldorf salads recipes so much, I turn it into a completely different meal by adding two additional ingredients. With the addition of kale and cooked farro, I transform a great side dish into a super-food salad for lunch or dinner.
SKINNY VEGAN WALDORF SALAD + KALE AND COOKED FARRO
More importantly, you can make both versions, so you can serve Skinny Vegan Waldorf Salad as a side dish, and turn your lunch into a kale and farro version of the exact same salad.
In my opinion, it’s all about variety. If I can keep my meals interesting, I never get bored with my food. More often than not, any recipe can be transformed into a new version with a little foresight and meal planning.