This healthy waldorf salad recipe is a delicious substantial salad that can be served as a side dish or a complete meal. It has a refreshing, fruity, tangy flavour, and a lovely crunchy texture. And it's packed with healthy vegetables, fruit and nuts.
Waldorf salad dates back to 1893 when it was first served at the Waldorf hotel for its debut event, a charity ball held for a children's hospital. The original salad was a mix of celery and apples, tossed in a rich mayonnaise. This healthy waldorf salad recipe is mayo free, but still has a creamy dressing that complements the other textures and flavours.
Health benefits of mayo free waldorf salad
- Celery is often associated with low calorie diets as it consists mostly of water. But the crunchy stalks are also a source of fibre and antioxidants. (You can read more about the health benefits of celery here)
- There's solid evidence behind the old saying 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Apples are a good source of fibre, vitamin C and beneficial plant compounds. Apples also contain pectin which is a prebiotic which feeds the good bacteria in your gut
- Walnuts are a nutritional powerhouse. They contain healthy omega 3 oils, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also add protein to your healthy waldorf salad, to keep you fuller for longer
- A mixture of olive oil and natural yogurt provides healthy fats and probiotics. Skipping the mayonnaise also means cutting down on some of the not-so-good fats and other additives
How to make healthy waldorf salad
- The dressing for this waldorf salad recipe takes just seconds - simply gently stir together the yogurt and olive oil with some seasoning. Make sure your yogurt is natural (unflavoured) - either dairy or non-dairy. Extra virgin olive oil is ideal as it has more health benefits
- Add your chopped fruit and veggies and other ingredients and you're done. Leave the peel on the apples - it's quicker, looks pretty, and retains much more of the goodness of the apple
Recipe tips and serving suggestions
- If you prefer, add fresh grapes rather than sultanas
- Pecans make a great substitute for walnuts
- If you'd rather use mayonnaise for the dressing, try mixing it with half extra virgin olive oil to increase the health benefits
- To make healthy waldorf salad into more of a filling meal, add some cubes of cheddar cheese. Or try a chicken waldorf salad by adding some pieces of cooked chicken. If you'd prefer a vegan salad, add more nuts
- This mayo free waldorf salad recipe also makes a great accompaniment to barbecues. Try serving alongside these easy veggies burgers, or a quick crustless quiche. It's also lovely with cold chicken or poached salmon
- Eat immediately, or store in the fridge for an hour or two
You might also enjoy this healthy coleslaw recipe
And for more tips and ideas about how to eat more veggies see 12 easy ways to eat more veg
Healthy Waldorf Salad
- 2 tablespoon natural yogurt dairy or non dairy
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 apple cored and cut into 1 cm cubes
- 2 sticks celery cut into 1 cm pieces
- 1 tablespoon sultanas
- 1 tablespoon walnuts quartered
- Add the yogurt, olive oil and seasoning to a large bowl. Stir carefully to blend (be gentle so that the mixture emulsifies smoothly).
- Add the chopped apple, celery, sultanas and walnuts and mix well.
- Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for an hour or two.