Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Waldorf Salad Made Lighter
(92 calories | 3 3 3 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)
Diced apples, celery, red grapes, and dried cranberries in a light and creamy yogurt-based mustard-enhanced dressing, this healthy Waldorf salad with yogurt is a winner. It's easy to make and a tasty side dish perfect any time of year. I love adding cooked chicken or turkey to turn this into a healthy satisfying lunch.
Skinny Waldorf Salad Cooking Notes
This recipe is slightly adapted from 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness , by Camilla Saulsbury.
I wasn't quite sure about the mustard in the dressing when I first tasted it, but by the time the salad had chilled for a couple of hours, giving the flavors a chance to meld, it was perfect. Well, at least Rod and I thought so when we had it as part of our dinner last night. (He even went back for seconds.)
The recipe calls for 4 Granny Smith or other tart apples, but I only had 2 Granny Smiths and 2 Honey Crisps, so I used them instead. I liked the variation of slightly sweet and tart and think I would use two different kinds of apples again the next time I make it.
It also suggested serving the salad on a bed of endive with a sprinkling of roasted sunflower seeds. I didn't have endive and completely forgot about the sunflower seeds. When I had some of the leftovers for lunch today, I remembered to sprinkle a few sunflower seeds on top and liked the earthy crunch they added.
For best results before to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to give the flavors a chance to come together.
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Light & Healthy Waldorf Salad?
Classic Waldorf salad, which was first created in the 1890s by Oscar Tschirky, Maitre d’ at the Waldorf Hotel on Fifth Ave in New York, calls for a generous amount of mayonnaise, which adds tons of fat and calories. I like the combination of mostly plain Greek yogurt and a little mayonnaise much better.
According to my calculations, each serving has just 92 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Low Fat Waldorf Salad Recipe Substitutions & Variations
Skinny Cranberry Waldorf Salad:
Reduce the yogurt to ¼ cup and mix it with ½ cup of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Omit the mustard and honey.
Waldorf Chicken Salad:
Add chopped or shredded cooked chicken or turkey.
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Skinny Waldorf Salad Recipe
- ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
- 2 Honey Crisp apples, peeled and diced
- 1-½ cups thinly sliced celery
- 1-½ cups red seedless grapes, sliced in half
- 3 tablespoons dried cranberries or cherries, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds (optional)
- To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and honey, until well blended.
- In a large bowl, combine the apples, celery, grapes and dried cranberries. Add the dressing and stir gently to coat the mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until chilled, or for up to 2 hours.
- If desired, sprinkle with sunflower seeds before serving.
Reduce the yogurt to ¼ cup and mix it with ½ cup of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Omit the mustard and honey. Waldorf Chicken Salad:
Add chopped or shredded cooked chicken or turkey. Serving size: ¾ cup 3 *SmartPoints (Green plan) 3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan) 3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan) 2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Source: 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla Saulsbury.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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- Weight Watchers Friendly Waldorf Chicken Salad
Adding chicken and lots of fruit makes this a lovely, colorful, and very satisfying, main course meal.
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