Waldorf Salad with a Twist

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Day 7 of 14 Days of Apple and we’ve come to my interpretation of the Waldorf Salad. Instead of using mayonnaise, however, I use Stonyfield Farms new Oikos Organic Greek (fat free) yogurt. They were nice enough to send me coupons for free samples and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Sure enough, the dressing that resulted was rich and creamy without being heavy or overbearing. The sour tang of the yogurt was the perfect counterpoint to the sweet grapes and apples. Since there is also cucumber in the salad, it reminded me a bit of the Indian condiment raita– delicious and refreshing.

“Waldorf Salad”
Serves 6

Ingredients

3-4 medium apples – Honeycrisp works well here – peeled, sliced thinly (or diced)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup red, seedless grapes, cut in half
1/2 cup Oikos plain yogurt made by Stonyfield Farms
1/3 cup reduced fat buttermilk
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped finely
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
1 head of Raddicchio
A few butter lettuce leaves

Method

I used my new apple slicer/corer/peeler to create thin, peeled apple slices, but you could also dice your apples into 1/4″ cubes. After preparing the apples, squirt them with about a Tbsp of lemon juice so that they don’t brown. In a medium bowl, mix the apples, cucumber, and grapes. In a small container, mix the yogurt, buttermilk, mustard and chives. Pour over fruit mixture and toss to coat.

To assemble the salad, lay a butter lettuce leaf in a shallow bowl and then lay a radicchio leaf in the form of a cup on top. Scoop a serving of the salad into the radicchio “bowl” and sprinkle with a few hazelnuts.

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