Waldorf Salad Has All the Fruits of Fall

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Apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts all give this traditional autumn salad it’s flavor and crunch!

A waldorf salad is a traditional salad for Thanksgiving.  I’ve never had it for my celebration, but I do know there are a lot of people who do.  Well, all I needed to do was make it once, and now I’m hooked.  I’m still not sure I’ll have it at Thanksgiving since there is already so much food, but I certainly won’t shy away from it.  It is fresh, crisp and very tasty…almost sweet enough for dessert!  You can serve it on a flat salad plate on a piece of pretty lettuce, or in a small dessert bowl.  I almost bought a set of 6 acorn shaped bowls this year for the holiday but my economic common sense kicked in and I passed, much to my husband’s approval!  Hahaha.

Ingredients List:

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  • 4 medium apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup halved seedless grapes
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, salad dressing or organic vegenaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • Ground nutmeg

Instructions:

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1. Cut the apples into diced pieces, removing the core.  For a more interesting flavor, I used 1 Red Delicious, 1 Fuji, 1 Braeburn and a Cortland apple.  The variety made the salad even more interesting.

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2. Place diced apples in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to keep apples from turning brown.  Stir in the lemon juice so all of the apple pieces are coated.

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3. Add the chopped celery, halved grapes, chopped walnuts and raisins.

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4. To make the dressing, combine the salad dressing or mayonnaise (or vegenaise) with the sugar and ½ teaspoon lemon juice.  Mix well.

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5. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well.  (Hey, is that Matt’s face in my vegenaise?)

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6. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and lightly top with nutmeg.  Place in the refrigerator until serving.  Should make about 8-10 servings.

The initial reason I made the waldorf salad was for a potluck gathering of friends where I was to bring fruit.  Well, I just couldn’t stand to make an ordinary mixed fruit salad, so the waldorf seemed like an interesting alternative.  For the kids I took wooden skewers and skewered pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes and a maraschino cherry or two just to make it a little bit more fun.  They were both a hit and I may never go back to cut up fruit in a bowl!!

Shari 

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