This vegan version of the Classic Waldorf Salad is really tasty.
This started out as a way to use up some grapes, apples and celery. What a perfect combination to inspire me to find a great Waldorf Salad recipe. What I don’t love about this salad is the mayonnaise– or my replacement– of vegenaise. To me, it is a complete splurge ingredient, so I use the waldorf salad as the topping of my huge daily lunch salad.
I just pile it on a whole giant handful of greens and it makes instant salad dressing. This way I spread out the vegenaise and I add a whole lot of health to my salad. Every other ingredient in this salad is really healthy, so it’s just a special treat all around. What’s nice about it too, is that the rest of my family enjoys it, so it never goes to waste.
The apples and grapes make it refreshing and the celery and walnuts give it crunch. The fresh dill just brings it all together for a lovely recipe. My parents have beautiful pecan trees all over their farm, so I get shelled pecans for my birthday every year. Since I have a ton of them in the freezer, I just substituted pecans for the walnuts.
I always seem to be tinkering with recipes and this one is no exception. You can vary the types of apples and grapes and use whatever nut you think you would like the best. I originally adapted this recipe from veganformortals.com and you can view that recipe here.
- 2 cups walnuts, not finely chopped
- 2 cups sliced celery
- 1 cup grapes that have been sliced in half
- 2 apples, chopped
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup vegenaise
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- Lettuce for salad base
Combine in a large bowl the nuts, celery, grapes, apples and onions. In a small bowl, combine the vegenaise, mustard, lemon and dill. Mix it up until all the lumps are out and pour over the salad ingredients, and mix everything together. Add it to a base of salad greens of your choice.
Final Thoughts on Waldorf Salad
My husband called this salad another “southern salad” since I grew up near Memphis, Tennessee, but I gently reminded him that this salad was created by a Yankee– in New York City! We had to have a little laugh about that one, as it reminded me of the old Pace Picante commercials, for those of you who remember.
Oscar Tschirky is the New Yorker in question, and he was the maitre’d of the Waldorf Astoria, and his recipe has been around for over a hundred years. This article is really interesting, as it shows some of the transformations that have taken place over the years. Here is the original from his cookbook:
I love all the different variations that this salad can have. Arugula base, or adding different fresh herbs, substituting raisins for the grapes…. it is just so simple and easy to add your own flair.
AND…….This can be a very healthful addition to your regular menu. I eat a very large salad at least once a day. It has become a habit that I wouldn’t trade for anything! I love having raw, fresh food and it is part of my daily health routine. Would you like to know more? I live The Perfect Day Lifestyle, and I teach an easy online program that supports you so that quick fix schemes and diet pills are a distant memory.
Enjoy this simple little recipe, and mix it up anyway you like! Send me a message or comment if you made this! It’s easy and fun……