Diced apples, celery, red grapes, and dried cranberries in a light and creamy yogurt-based mustard-enhanced dressing. I think this updated Waldorf salad recipe, from 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness, by Camilla Saulsbury (that I modified only a little) is a winner.
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 & I thought so when we had it as part of our dinner last night. (He even went back for seconds.)
Skinny on Skinny Waldorf Salad
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.
Classic Waldorf salad, which was first created in the 1890s, calls for a generous amount of mayonnaise, which adds a lot of fat and calories. I like the combination of mostly plain Greek yogurt and a little mayonnaise a lot better. According to my calculations each serving has 92 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
- ½ cup nonfat plain 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
- 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
- 1-1/2 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.
*PointsPlus® for calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
If you like this post and recipe for Skinny Waldorf Salad, check out these links:
- Healthy Chicken Salad with Apples and Dried Cranberries (Simple Nourished Living)
- Tuna Waldorf Salad – Classic Waldorf salad ingredients combined with tuna for an interesting taste twist (Weight Watchers)
- Kale Waldorf Salad – A variation of the classic Waldorf salad using kale instead of lettuce (Whole Foods)
- Waldorf Salad with Steel Cut Oats – from Mark Bittman for Cooking Light (My Recipes)
- Curried Waldorf Salad – with orange segments (Eating Well)
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*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 Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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