I discovered that Waldorf Salad is NOT a very popular holiday dish because the original recipe calls for mayonnaise as the dressing/binder that is supposed to bring all of the other elements together.
I get it. Honestly, it doesn’t sound very appealing to me, either. As I was growing up, the Waldorf Salad I had was put together with Cool Whip. Still, that really isn’t all that appealing to me, too. I think I’ve found an alternative that is both, appealing to the palate and healthy! Read on to discover what that is!
What I Put In It….
2 cups of your favorite diced apples
1 cup of diced celery
1 cup of red, seedless grapes
1 Banana, sliced
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of miniature marshmallows
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 teaspoon each: cinnamon and nutmeg
1 tablespoon of real maple syrup
Then, I Put It All Together….
- Combine the first 6 ingredients together.
- Sprinkle with the lemon juice.
- Mix the Greek yogurt, spices and maple syrup together.
- Dress the salad with the mixture.
- Chill well before serving.
Finally…..Did you notice what the healthier ingredients were?
This recipe can be prepared the day before. I used colorful mini-marshmallows for color. If you prefer walnuts to pecans, use them instead. If you aren’t crazy about bananas, leave them out!
Did you know that cinnamon naturally lowers blood pressure and nutmeg stimulates the production of “happiness” chemicals in the brain? The yogurt adds a nice healthy protein element that helps to balance your digestive system, too!