Vegan Waldorf Salad! A sweet/savory dish, light on its feet but filling enough to be an entrée. This plant-based, gluten-free salad is the ultimate way to step into fall!
Autumn means apple season. And while most folks can get apples year-round in the grocery store, there is something so inviting about those seeing those fresh-picked crisp lovelies piled high. Those overflowing bushels at the farmers market got my mind racing to create a new recipe!
Wait, apples and . . . what?
Talk about a culinary leap. Who would have thought back in 1893 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York, someone would have said, “I’ve got a great idea. It involves apples, celery and mayonnaise!” Wait, what? Try offering that combo up to your kids and watch their reaction.
Turns out it may have been a stroke of brilliance. . . .
Where Savory Meets Sweet
Creating a vegan Waldorf Salad was made easier by removing the ingredient I wanted the least: mayo! When you realize that the recipe is basically a fruity blend of savory, sweet, and creaminess, there are plenty of options. Best of all, you can fine-tune it to your palate with ease.
Like it on the sweet side? Add some coconut palm sugar to the dressing. More savory? Spice it up with a little garlic powder. Make it your own!
A Flexible Dish
One of my favorite things about this vegan Waldorf salad is its flexibility. It makes a sensational appetizer. And not only does it serve well as a side salad, it is substantial enough to hold its own as a light main dish over a bed of greens.
Vegan Waldorf Salad
The best feature of all? This dish is packed full of nutrients. Just look at the list of players: apples, grapes, raisins, celery, even lemon juice! And the cashew-based dressing delivers a healthy portion of plant-based protein. What could be better than a nutritious, seasonal treat? Bring on the autumn leaves. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for some other delicious filling salads, try my Chickpea Chicken Salad or Cauliflower “Egg” Salad! Or if you are searching for a recipe to use up those apples, try my Apple Cake Muffins or Apple Pie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl!