One of the grocery stores around me carries Waldorf salad in their deli case. I bought it once, wondering if it would be a hit with Jonathan or not- it seemed to be chock-full of things that he likes, but with the dressing on it, I wasn’t certain. As soon as he saw the grapes, he started doing his “grabby fingers” routine for it, and I figured that I had a hit on my hands.
Of course, as soon as I found something then Jonathan would readily and happily eat anytime it was placed in front of him, it then began making its appearance less and less frequently. When I went to the store and they told me they were discontinuing it, I figured it was time for me to learn to make my own, surmising that it was probably less expensive to make from scratch than it was to pay for it in the deli anyway.
If you’ve never had Waldorf salad before, and I’m not sure that I had before moving here, it’s a perfect light lunch,side dish, starter or snack now that we are heading into warmer weather. It’s full of light and crisp textures and flavors- with grapes, celery, apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, coconut getting mixed together and dressed with a slightly sweet, yet slightly tangy, dressing. I believe usually this dish is made with just mayonnaise, but I wanted to lighten it up by using mayonnaise mixed with plain yogurt, honey, and a little lime juice. It turned out beautifully, and was loved by all members of the house. I’m supremely glad that I no longer have to worry about forgetting it at the grocery store or them not carrying it anymore- lots of good things come to an end, but luckily this doesn’t have to be one of them.
- 1 1/2 cups grapes
- 1 apple, cut into large 1" pieces
- 1/4 c coconut
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 stalks celergy, cut into 1/4" slices
- 2 T light mayonnaise
- 2 T plain yogurt
- 1 T honey
- 1 T lime juice
- In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, honey and lime juice. Add the grapes, apple, coconut, walnuts and celery to the bowl.
- Toss until evenly coated and serve.