, Gloucester, MA


October 24, 2012

Citrus dressing modernizes Waldorf Salad

Amidst all of the usual cooked fall recipes featuring apples, this refreshing Waldorf salad is a change of pace. With basic ingredients — celery, scallions, apples and walnuts — this salad incorporates the delicious in-season apple with an easy dressing recipe that is perfect for any fall day.

The Waldorf salad has a history of more than 100 years; it was first created between 1893 and 1896 in New York City at the Waldorf Hotel. It is still one of the most popular salad recipes and it will always remain one of the finest. Chef Annie Schennum, previously an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu n London, says her recipe gives a “modern take on an old classic.”

The more traditional mayonnaise-based dressing is swapped for a light citrus vinaigrette in this classic salad. This is not only a healthier option — cutting saturated fat — but incredibly delicious as well. The crisp celery and apple slices shine under the lemon- and orange-flavored vinaigrette and create a beautiful color palate of fresh greens and reds. Schennum tops her salad with golden toasted walnuts and dried cranberries that add a slight tartness to the sweet apples and zesty dressing. This Healthy Waldorf Salad with a citrus vinaigrette is a delicious twist on the classic Waldorf Salad and is a perfect way to feature your farm fresh apples this season.

Healthy Waldorf Salad



3 celery stalks

2 scallions

1 apple

Handful of toasted walnuts, chopped

Handful dried cranberries

Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

Sea salt and black pepper to taste


1. Wash and trim celery stalks. Cut length-wise and then chop into half inch slices.

2. Trim most of stems and root off of scallions, then chop diagonally into thin strips.

3. Half and quarter the apple, then cut into cubes.

4. Add celery, scallions, and apple to a bowl.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the citrus vinaigrette dressing.

6. Pour the citrus dressing over the salad and toss all ingredients together until the celery, scallions and apples are thoroughly coated.

7. Add in toasted walnuts and dried cranberries, toss together until evenly coated.


Courtesy Annie Schennum, former instructor of Le Cordon Bleu, 2012.

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