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Waldorf Salad Recipe - Quick and Healthy
Waldorf salad was first created in 1896 not by a chef but by a maître d'hôtel in the name of Oscar Tschirky of the famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, using only three ingredients: apples, celery and mayonnaise. As in any other progress in the evolution of food, walnuts was added and eventually became an integral part of the salad.
My version: Lighter and Healthier
The classic Waldorf salad recipe is made with a pinch of sugar and salt. I've deleted these two ingredients and replaced them with a much healthier choice: raisins (for sweetness) and zest of lemon or lemon juice (for saltiness).
Note: Lemon juice is also used to prevent apple from oxidizing and becoming brown because no matter how crisp and juicy the apple, no one wants to eat it once it turns brown.
Cooking and Preparing food is an art~
Thus, it should come from the heart and needs no exact measurements. Train yourself to add ingredients according to your taste and desire and save your time washing all those measuring tools.
I never measure anything in the kitchen!
What you need
- Fresh lemon (juice)
- Red apples (cored and diced)
- Sliced celery stems
- Raisins or halves red grapes (optional)
- Walnuts (chopped)
- Iceberg lettuce
Note: You can also use plain greek yoghurt or sour cream if you like instead of mayonnaise.
How to do it
- Wash and dice apples. Be sure to remove seeds. Squeeze few drops of lemon into diced apples.
- Cut celery and combine it with the apples, raisins and walnuts in a deep bowl.
- Put some mayonnaise and mix all the ingredients well. Toss until well coated.
- Cover and chill for around 20-30 minutes.
- Serve in a bed of lettuce and top some more walnuts (if desired).
Watch that calories!
|Serving size: 1/2 cup|
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 16 g||5%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 7 mg||2%|
|* 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.|
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Did you know?
Every celebrity and famous people of the world who has checked in at the Waldorf Astoria hotel was served Waldorf salad, including Pope Francis and President Obama.
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