Waldorf is the absolute ultimate luxurious salad but the original Waldorf version is way too rich in saturated fat and unnecessary extras that are not exactly compatible with healthy lunch recipes throughout the week. I have created the healthy version of the classic and I think it is even better tasting than its original version! There is something very comforting about a good creamy chicken salad that is always a winner come lunch hour. My version is very easy to assemble and can be done with a shop bought roast chicken. Chicken is a great source of lean protein and apples are a fantastic source of good old Vitamin C. Addition of walnuts and yoghurt makes the fat profile of this dish great for anyone looking after their clean eating and diet in general.
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 200gr of roast or poached chicken breast
– 1 large green apple
– a large handful of fresh parsley
– 1/4 of shallot
– 2 table spoons of fat free yoghurt
– 1 tea spoon of Dijon mustard
– 1 table spoon of white wine vinegar
– 5 walnuts finely crushed
– salt and pepper
1. Crush walnuts finely with the knife- you want them to add a dimension of texture to the salad rather than be an ingredient. Set aside.
2. Thinly slice an apple. I suggest using a mandoline slicer as it speeds up the prep time immensely. You should end up with slices no thicker than paper. Set aside.
3. Chop parsley and shallot finely. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Set aside.
4. Prepare the dressing by first mixing Dijon mustard with vinegar until mustard emulsifies completely, then add yoghurt and salt and pepper and mix vigorously. The dressing should be creamy, slightly tangy and with a gentle spicy kick from the mustard.
5. In a salad bowl mix very thoroughly chicken, apple, parsley, shallots and walnuts prior to adding the dressing. This way the dressing won’t stick to a particular layer of the salad. Finally add the dressing and sprinkle with a tiny bit of crushed walnuts on top.
This salad is a perfect healthy lunch recipe for someone on a low carb diet or who is trying to follow slightly ketogenic nutrition plan for a short period of time. You can of course switch things up to your taste: chicken tastes great with addition of strawberries or blackberries if apple is not your thing; they are equally high in vitamin C and are powerful antioxidants. If you are a vegan then definitely add a roasted Portobello mushroom for a healthy source of plant protein instead of chicken and swap traditional cow’s yogurt for a soy one.
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.