Whole Food Wednesday – Not Another Waldorf Salad Recipe!

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays. I think I’m about to start a trend because for the third week in a row I’m going to post yet another salad recipe: The Waldorf Salad. Now I know what you’re thinking, there’s nothing exciting going on here. It may not be the most innovative creation but it is a wonderful winter salad. This salad is simple and allows all the natural flavors to come through.

So a little history lesson for you. The Waldorf Salad was developed in and around the 1890’s, but the addition of walnuts did not come until the 1930s. So, traditionally the recipe was made of apples, celery, walnuts and a mayonnaise dressing served on a bed of lettuce. All kinds of variations now exist including chicken, turkey, grapes and yogurt for the dressing.  So I won’t be the first to scandalize this salad recipe said to be created by Oscar Tschirkyof New York.

Though I did take a few liberties, there were few and, quite honestly, they were harmless. Instead of the lettuce I chose rocket, otherwise known as arugula, for it’s peppery taste. I also chose sour cream as the base for the dressing. The result is a crunchy satisfying salad, one with healthy fats (from the nuts and cream), protein (nuts), fiber (apple) and anti-oxidants, vitamins and mineral in heap loads (rocket).

Now if you’re confused about what healthy fats are (vegetable oil and margarine are not it) this recent post by the Healthy Green Kitchen might help you weed through all the garbage we’ve been told for the last 30 years.

Note: If you don’t care for blue cheese (your crazy but not alone), feel free to sub in feta or even a nice stinky grated asiago.

Blue Cheese Waldorf Salad

for 2 (multiply as necessary)

  • 1 apple
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 cups of rocket
  • 1/2 cup roasted walnuts

Core and thinly slice the apple and set aside. Thinly slice the celery (any way you like, but I chose lengthwise to facilitate eating with my fingers). Place a cup (or more) of rocket onto a plate, top with celery and sliced apples. Add a 1/4 cup of toasted walnuts on top and drizzle with blue cheese dressing. Add fresh ground pepper.

Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp water

Place all the ingredients together and blend until well combined. If you’d like a creamier dressing, use a blender or mini food processor.

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I’m sharing this with Real Food Wednesdays, This Chick Cooks, Simple Lives Thursdays, Full Plate Thursdays and What’s Cooking Wednesdays.

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40 Responses to Whole Food Wednesday – Not Another Waldorf Salad Recipe!

  1. caroline January 25, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    HEllo! thanks for hosting..this is my first blog recipe and it is a GAPS pancake one..yummy!!!


  2. Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxie January 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks for the party! I posted some healthy Mexican food! They are a huge hit in my home and with friends/family. Check out the Black Bean Soup and Easy Chicken Fajitas/Tacos Crock Pot Style.

  3. The Café Sucré Farine January 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    LOVE your version of this Frances, so much classier than the original. I’d love to participate in your Whole Food Wednesdays but probably not this week – I think you might frown on my post today if I tried to enter in your round up! :) I do love salads though and post quite a few of them, but definitely not today! Thanks for this yummy salad.

  4. Kristi @ Veggie Converter January 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m so glad you posted your bleu cheese dressing recipe, dressings are next on my list to make myself and I need to do bleu cheese and poppy seed. I’m definitely going to give yours a try.

    As for the salad, it looks tasty, but I’m annoyingly allergic to celery. I wonder how green peppers would be.

    I’ve linked my Accidental Beer Wheat Bread…it really has no beer, it just tastes like it because I accidentally tripled the yeast amount. It’s a delicious accident. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Jill January 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for hosting this link party! I am sharing my recipe for wholesome granola bars. They are packed with good for you goodness and very tasty!

    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Jill, Thanks for sharing this recipe. They look absolutely divine. I checked out Turning Pro as well. What a fun company making truly beautiful things!

  6. Miz Helen January 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Your salad looks so fresh and delicious, I would really enjoy it. I am sharing my Herb Crusted Ribs with Orange Sauce today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen

  7. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat January 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    We must be on the same wavelength with salads! Your waldorf looks beautiful! I’m linking up my Orange Cilantro Dressing. I can’t get enough of it! It seems to compliment every salad combo I try. Thanks for hosting!

  8. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi France, thanks for the invite! I shared some lemon raspberry muffins which is an older recipe that we made yesterday and my kids are wolfing them down!! So tasty and so low in sugar for a muffin! I also shared a favorite Indian dinner with some awesome and unexpected flavors!

    @ Kristi, I would suggest jicama as a sub for celery, a more neutral taste but added crunch like celery!


    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      Hi Tessa what a lovely suggestion to use jicama, I’m also a big fan of fennel, and since all the other flavors are none obtrusive (save for the dressing), I think it would add a nice mix to the whole flavor combination. I really need to get into using jicama more often, it is such a lovely veggie that doesn’t nearly get enough play!

  9. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    This does sound like a perfect salad for wintertime or any time. And I just love your blue cheese dressing; lovely. Thank you also for the link to the Healthy Green Kitchen and all the delicious looking whole foods recipes!

  10. Sanjeeta kk January 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Long time, France..your comment went in spam. Good to be back here and see you doing great work in promoting healthy recipes and more. Best wishes, hugs.

    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Sanjeeta, Long time indeed. Great to see you and thanks for stopping by!

  11. Susan January 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! This is my first link up to your site and thank you for the invite. I’ve included a butternut sausage soup that sure to please on a cold day.

  12. Koko January 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Mmm, I’ve always thought that Waldorf salads present beautifully! Love the changes that you made.

  13. Jen January 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi There France, I posted a Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Cream sauce or you could make it as a soup. Very hearty and rich.

    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi Jen. Hi Love the flavors in this sauce. I could almost drink it! hehehe

  14. judee @ Gluten Free A-Z January 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I’m thrilled to find this whole food linky and your blog!
    Thanks so much for introducing and inviting me.
    I’m linking my real food superbowl snack ideas!

    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      Hi Judee, Thanks for stopping by. I’m always thrilled to find new real food lovers. It’s great to have them come together in one place!

  15. Katie January 26, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Thanks so much for hosting. I shared my post about the secret ingredient in orange juice that they don’t tell you about.

    Hope you have a blessed week!

    • France Morissette January 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

      Katie, Thanks for sharing it with us. I love that article! So eye opening.

  16. Linda January 26, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    With a presentation like that France,this is no ordinary Waldorf Salad!! You did a fabulous job on this one! I’m going to make this when I have my girlfriends over next!!

  17. mjskit January 26, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Deliciously simple Waldorf Salad! Looks a lot healthier and tastier than some Waldorf’s I’ve seen. Love the addition of the blue cheese! Thanks for hosting this hop.

  18. Jeanette January 31, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    What a wonderful event France. I’m sharing a vegetarian Lentil Chili that can easily be made in a crockpot. Of course, it can also be made on the stove top. Hope you are well.


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