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Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe: Gluten free and Naturally Low Carb

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This easy Waldorf salad recipe is quick to make, especially if you keep chopped walnuts in the pantry. I like to make my easy Waldorf salad recipe when my ingredients are fresh. So I usually prepare it on the day I get my fresh produce from the store. In our house I like to serve our produce fresh as much as possible for the first two days. Then I tend to cook it in recipes later on in the week.

This historical and easy Waldorf salad recipe was first created at the famous Waldorf Hotel in New York in 1893. There have been many alterations and substitutions over the years for the classic Waldorf recipe. Although my version is nearly spot on with the original easy Waldorf salad recipe, I do like to add a little lemon juice.  Lemons are a great fruit to have on hand in the fridge and they last a long time. Lemons have citric acid in them and this is great for keeping your apples from turning brown. If you don’t have any lemons on hand vinegar can do the same thing, but the taste would drastically change the flavor of your easy Waldorf salad recipe. Vinegar is also generally always present in mayonnaise, so another alternative is to place the apples into the mayo as you dice them. This could also keep them from browning up.

A low carb and naturally gluten free easy Waldorf salad recipe.

A low carb and naturally gluten free easy Waldorf salad recipe.

Ingredients for an easy Waldorf  salad recipe:

1/2 cup of sliced grapes (I used red seedless grapes for color, but green grapes are fine too).

1 cup of iceberg lettuce (This is about 1/2 of a small head of lettuce and about 1/4 of a large head of lettuce).

1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (To keep the apples from going brown).

1 large Grannie Smith apple, chopped

1/4 cup of diced organic celery

1/4 cup of mayonnaise (We like Trader Joe’s brand the best for ready made mayo. If you are allergic to corn or want to have fresh homemade mayonnaise, check out our homemade mayo recipe.)

Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

Directions for an easy Waldorf  salad recipe:

Chop your lettuce, walnuts, and celery. Slice your fresh grapes. Chop your apple and then spritz the apple with fresh lemon juice to keep it from browning.  Add all chopped ingredients into a large bowl and toss. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Toss again. This easy Waldorf salad recipe makes two servings.

This recipe is also featured on our National Celery Month recipes page. Check it out if you’d like to see addtional healthy recipes made with organic celery. If you’re not a mayonnaise fan you can substitute for plain yogurt.


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