Meatless Monday: Summer Salad-The Waldorf

By Ayinde

My grandmother (Granny) loved Waldorf salad. I just found this out recently from my mother. The funny thing about my relationship with Granny is I still find out things about my grandmother though she passed a few years back. Yes, my grandmother is the Tupac of my family. (It’s true on so many levels.)  I met her at the age of 13. I’ve written before about the stressed relationship with my extended family because… it’s family. We do dumb sh*t.

Anyway on Granny’s most recent birthday, which happens to fall on St. Patty’s day, my mother found herself making a Waldorf salad. When I asked what she was eating she told me the story of how Granny loved this particular salad and how she, out of nowhere, had a hankering for it.

I had heard of the salad of course, but never had a reason to be interested in it. I mean it’s apples, celery and mayonnaise. That just sounds well…bourgeois. Granny did have a fur coat, so I’m guessing my version of bourgeois is her norm. I figured I might as well give it a shot and veganize it, because well, it’s in the blood.

After I got past my preconceptions,  I realized this super fresh tasting salad is a texture party in your mouth! The sweet apples, soft raisins, super crunchy burst of celery, and earthy walnuts all create unique contrasts.  To kick it up a notch, I added a twist with Rainier cherries. Before I knew it, I had finished the whole bowl. And I had my pinky extended the whole time. Granny would be proud.

Granny’s Waldorf Salad

Serves 2| Prep time 5 minutes|

½ cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts

½ cup celery, thinly sliced

¼  cup golden California raisins

¼ cup Rainer cherries, seeded sliced

1 sweet apple, cored and chopped

3 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Kosher Salt

White pepper



Step one:

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise  and the lemon juice. Add ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼  teaspoon of fresh ground white pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, cherries, raisins and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce garnish with lemon zest.

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2 Responses to Meatless Monday: Summer Salad-The Waldorf

  1. Pingback: Meatless Monday: Best of Summer Salads | I Eat Grass

  2. ESH says:

    Looks yummy! Will have to try!

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