Waldorf Salad, named after the hotel where it was first created, is a mix of celery, apple, grapes and walnuts in a mayonnaise (sometimes mixed with yoghurt) dressing. It’s a lovely creamy, crisp, crunchy sweet salad. In summer it looks great served on little lettuce leaves but it also makes for a sweet and substantial winter/autumn salad when you add white cabbage to it – and turn it into a Waldorf Slaw.
Everyone knows that celery is low on calories. It is so low in fact that it is said you use more calories consuming and digesting it than it contains so you burn calories just by eating raw celery alone. I have never been very interested in how much calories foods contain, if anything I tend to think of high calorie foods as something that will give me an energy boost, so, years ago, I used to think that celery was a pretty pointless thing to eat as it took more energy to eat than it gave you. I wasn’t aware that although it has only a few calories it rich in nutrients and fibre. It is said to help regulate your body’s alkaline balance (as it contains alkaline minerals), has an anti-inflammatory effect (due to the polyacetylene), and it’s even said to have a calming effect on the nervous system and be good for preventing insomnia.
While not everyone knows how good celery is for you, most people are aware that walnuts are. Like fish, walnuts have been reputed for centuries, to be good for your brain and it turns out that this isn’t some old wives tale, there are compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats and antioxidants, in walnuts which are said to support brain functioning.
And that’s just some of the goodness this salad contains…
- 1/4 head of white cabbage, sliced thinly
- 1 sweet crisp apple, sliced
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 15 – 20 sweet seedless grapes, halved
- 15 – 20 walnut halves
- 2 – 3 dessertspoons mayonnaise
- juice of half a lemon
- Whisk the lemon juice into the mayonnaise, place all the fruit and veg in a salad bowl, pour over the dressing and toss around the salad until all is well covered in dressing.