When I remember my grandma's Waldorf salad, I distinctly remember the sweet taste of apples and grapes mixed with celery and walnuts' crunchiness. I don't remember a holiday that didn't include my grandma's Waldorf salad as a highlight to the dinner menu throughout my youth. As a result, I carry on that tradition by having vegan Waldorf salad as a delicious vegetable, fruit, and nut salad for my holiday menus as one of my favorite Waldorf salad recipes.
Generally, vegan 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 salad's sweet and savory components while giving it a creamy and decadent texture.
WHAT KIND OF APPLES, GRAPES, AND NUTS ARE IN VEGAN WALDORF SALAD?
Although traditional Waldorf salad usually contains all green apples and grapes, I prefer to use Honey Crisp apples and red grapes in my vegan Waldorf salad recipe. Not only does this enhance the flavors of the salad, but the vibrant colors also create the beautifully appealing 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 remain firm and crunchy in Waldorf salads recipes.
HOW TO MAKE A WALDORF SALAD FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY
- Cooked farro or grain of choice
- Red onion or Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions.
- Chopped fresh dill
- Apples (I used honey crisp)
- Seedless grapes (red or green)
- Raisins or dried cranberries (I used cranberries because I'm not too fond of raisins)
- Salt and pepper to taste
WALDORF SALAD DRESSING IS SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS
- Cashew mayo (or substitute silken tofu or white beans for cashews)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Pure maple syrup
MAKE YOUR SIDE DISH INTO A MEAL WITH THESE SIMPLE ADDITIONS
I love this Waldorf salad recipe so much; I turn it into a completely different meal by adding two additional ingredients. With the addition of kale and cooked farro, I transformed a great side dish into a super-food salad for lunch or dinner.
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 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.
When is Waldorf Salad not vegan?
While the base ingredients for Waldorf Salad consist of celery, apples, grapes, walnuts, and mayonnaise, some add chicken to make it more filling, making it non-vegan.
When is the best time to eat Vegan Waldorf Salad?
You may eat Vegan Waldorf Salad at any time of the day, but we recommend eating your greens in the morning as a healthy alternative for breakfast.
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂