Holiday Waldorf Salad

This feels like a day for a healthy salad recipe. Vibrant holiday Waldorf Salad will surely hit the spot!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been stuffing my face with peppermint fudge, Christmas cookies, ice cream cake, and apple bread for weeks…

I realize my holiday splurge isn’t over quite yet, but I need a day or two for recovery.

Nothing is more cleansing than a healthy salad recipe, to get your body back on track.

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This festive Waldorf Salad is a great way to get-your-greens and will put you in the holiday spirit as well.

Waldorf Salad always reminds me of the holidays. Since I was little, I have always thought of it as the jewel of the table at Christmas brunches and parties.

This healthy salad recipe uses just a small amount of light mayonnaise, so you can feel good about serving it at gatherings this season.

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With crisp sweet apples, crunchy endive, toasty nuts, and deep winter fruit flavors like pomegranate and dried cherries, it offers incredible contrast to all the heavy dishes in your holiday spread.

You can even make it a day ahead to lighten the cooking load before a big event.

Happy Salad Day… and don’t worry, I’ll be back with cookies next week!

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Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Holiday Waldorf Salad

Ingredients:

2 large crisp apples, chopped into bite-size pieces
4 Belgian endive, cored and roughly chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces
1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 Meyer lemon, zest and juice
1 tsp. honey
1 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
Salt and Pepper
Lettuce or cabbage leaves to serve

Directions:

Place the chopped apple, endive, scallion, cherries, pomegranate arils, and pecans in a large bowl. Toss.

Whisk the mayo, 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and thyme in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

Serve the waldorf salad in lettuce leaves and garnish with crystallized ginger.

More Winter Salads:

Grilled Romaine and Orange Salad

Fennel Salad with Roasted Beets

Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad

Roasted Pumpkin and Wild Rice Salad ~ Farmgirl Gourmet

Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad wit Blue Cheese ~ Two Peas in Their Pod

Beauchamp Orchard Salad ~ Reluctant Entertainer

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24 Responses to “Holiday Waldorf Salad”

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 7, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    I have never been a fan of the original waldorf salad, but I would eat the heck out of this one!

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    Jeanette — December 7, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    I could use a bowl of this Sommer – love the special touch of crystallized ginger and Meyer lemon. This time of year is tough. Been making cookies for the holiday and have to control myself from eating them as they come out of the oven.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 7, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    Ooooo…look at all the yummy nibbles in that salad! Love it!

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    Julia — December 7, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I ate a lot of apple salad as a child. This reminds me of it but even better! I love findings ways to use pomegranate in salads too!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I looooooooooooo-uuuu-uu-oooo-u-u-u–VE salads like this. So much that the word love freaks out.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 7, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I’m so obsessed with pomegranates right now… they make every dish pop. This is the kind of dish I’d totally have for lunch. I’m ready to chow down on a big bowl of it!

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    Helene — December 7, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Beautiful colours, what a delicious salad.

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 7, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    This salad looks delish Sommer. Beautiful and I love the addition of endive! Thanks for adding me in your roundup!

    xo!

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    Becky Striepe — December 7, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Ooh this sounds great! I love the addition of dried cherries.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 7, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Oh this is perfect. PERFECT!

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    Sandy @ RE — December 7, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Just pinned. Delicious! We are hosting a progressive dinner tomorrow and I am doing the salad! Yummy!

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    marla — December 7, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Such a festive salad!

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    Angie — December 7, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    I love waldorf salad, this would be perfect for a potluck party!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — December 7, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Lovely, lovely salad Sommer – Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas! Hope you’re having a lot of family fun!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    delicious! great to see a lighter meal that is still delicious!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 7, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    This looks fantastic!

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    Colette @ JFF! — December 7, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Fawlty Towers – that’s how I learned about Waldorf Salad.
    Can you believe it?
    “Apples, celery, walnuts, grapes…in a mayonaise sauce!”

    Who can forget the ingredients when they’re shouted?

    Love the pom – very festive, Sommer.

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 7, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    I love the addition of the pomegranate seeds!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 7, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    We have been on such a salad kick lately. I love this combo!

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    Nancy Long — December 7, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    oh wow, this sounds fantastic – will really have to look even harder to find Belgian endive – have been able to find it here

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 7, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    This salad is so gorgeous! I love the all the color and of course the addition of pomegranate seeds. It’s one of my favorite things about winter!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 7, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    This is such a festive salad, perfect for the holiday season. I love the pom arils!

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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — December 8, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    My-Oh-My ….That looks so refreshing and delightful! Loving this salad, Sommer!

    Have a great weekend <3

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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 9, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    Such a gorgeous salad and the flavors are simply amazing!

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