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Diana Helfand

A Tasty Twist On Classic Waldorf Salad

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Waldorf salad was created at New York’s Waldorf Hotel (which later became the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel) in 1896 by maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky, and was an instant success. Tschirky had a 40-year career and served every United States president in office during that time. He also helped set standards for fine dining that are still in use today.

Originally this salad contained only apples, celery and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts later became an essential component of the dish. The salad is traditionally served on a bed of lettuce.

Transform the salad into a main dish entree by adding strips of chicken breast, turkey or fish.

All that is needed are some crusty rolls to complete the meal.

For a sweeter salad, mini marshmallows may be added. The recipe below is my version, which I have embellished, and is a favorite with my family.

DIANA’S WALDORF SALAD

* 3 1/2 cups chopped, peeled apples tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 cup finely chopped celery
* 1/3 cup golden raisins
* 1/3 cup green seedless grapes, halved
* 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
* 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
* 2 tablespoons orange juice
* 2 teaspoons honey
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In large bowl, toss the apples with celery until well combined. Add raisins and grapes, and toss lightly.

In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt and orange juice until mixed well. Add honey and stir to combine. Add dressing to salad and toss lightly. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Makes eight servings.

Approximate Nutrition Information Per Serving (without nuts):

Calories: 260
Fat: 3 grams
Cholesterol: 3 milligrams
Sodium: 140 milligrams

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