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.
- 1/2 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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