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Healthy Waldorf Salad
I heart this! Diabetic friendly and fiber rich Waldorf Salad Recipe.
Healthy Waldorf Salad With Cinnamon
Low fat mayonnaise tastes terrible. Low fat yogurt is for people who like yogurt (I think it sucks). Regular mayonnaise has too much fat and cholesterol to be healthy. Cool Whip® is artificial. Whipped cream is as bad as mayonnaise. So what can take the place of Waldorf salad dressing?
How about eliminating the dressing altogether? Why not use fresh fruit juice as a dressing? Why not add cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix and give it an apple pie flavor? By golly, it works!
While in Baltimore one fine week, I worked for a Jewish hospital where they served kosher food. Not knowing anything about "kosher" food, I did notice that the food looked very healthy. I spotted some Waldorf salad and put it on my tray. I noticed it did not have that mayonnaise dressing which I had not liked when trying this recipe before. Also, it had a lot of cinnamon which I totally love. This was the best Waldorf salad I had ever eaten! I came home determined to make this style of fruit salad forever more.
Start With Great Apples!
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My Waldorf Salad Ingredients
Start With Healthy Ingredients
- 2 Gala or Fuji apples, diced
- 2 ribs of celery, diced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, optional - I just use the apple juice
- 1/4 cup apple juice, (keeps the apples from turning brown)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
How to make Waldorf Salad without mayonnaise
- Wash and leave the skin on the apples and dice them up into bite sized pieces. Toss into a bowl and mix with a little bit of lemon juice or apple juice or both. This will keep the apples from turning brown.
- Wash and chop the celery into bite sized pieces. Toss with the apples.
- Add the raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg to the apple mixture and mix well. Some people prefer to toast the walnuts, but it is fine if you do not.
- Place a tight lid on the bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Scoop out a generous cup of the mix to a salad plate. Garnish with Romaine lettuce, walnuts, raisins, grapes or apple slices. Enjoy!
Nutrition for one generous cup of healthy Waldorf Salad.
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||72|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 8 g||12%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 7 g|
|Carbohydrates 37 g||12%|
|Sugar 14 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The History of Waldorf Salad
The Waldorf Astoria
The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City introduced the apple and walnut salad over 100 years ago. It soon became their most requested fare. The fruit salad is prepared with dairy, but the presentation has changed to reflect more modern chef enhanced food.
The Waldorf Astoria hotel was built by William Waldorf Astor and his architect was Henry Hardenbergh. The doors opened on March 13, 1893. During the next four years, an adjacent hotel was built by John Jacob Astor IV. The Waldorf was 13 stories tall and the Astor hotel was built up to 17 stories. The two hotels were the premier luxury hotels in the New City.
The sinking of the Titanic marked the loss of John Jacob Astor IV on April 15, 1912. William Waldorf Astor died in England in 1919. In the 1920s, Prohibition wiped out the hotels and the two old hotels were sold. The site later became the Empire State Building.
Financing for the new Waldorf-Astoria hotel was approved right before the NY Stock Exchange Black Friday of 1929. The second hotel finally opened on Park Avenue in 1931. It became the most fashionable hotel in the city and many presidents stayed there. Eventually the hotel was acquired by the Hilton family and it was declared an official New York City landmark in 1993.
The Waldorf-Astoria is famous for its spaciousness and the fantastic customer service they provide. That is one reason that Waldorf Salad is still their most requested item on the menu.
To get the original apple, walnut and celery dish!
The world famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
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© 2012 Lela