The Waldorf salad has been a favorite American dish since the turn of the 20th Century, but the original mayonnaise-smothered recipe was in need of a makeover to fit into a healthier modern diet. We created this refreshingly lean version made with crunchy apples, celery, walnuts, sweet grapes, and turkey breast. Ours is lightened by blending yogurt with a touch of mayonnaise to make a creamy sauce that stays true to the flavor of the original. The result is a salad you’ll want to eat again and again.
This is a perfect way to use leftover turkey or chicken. Serve on lettuce, or use the whole lettuce leaves to make lettuce cups.
Turkey Waldorf Salad
We created this refreshingly lean version of the Waldorf Salad with crunchy apples, celery, walnuts sweet grapes, and turkey breast. Get the recipe.
- ½ cup low-fat (1%) plain yogurt
- 4 tsp. olive oil mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. raw honey
- ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 2½ cups shredded roasted turkey breast approximately 12 oz.
- 2 medium celery stalks sliced
- 1 medium Granny Smith apple chopped
- ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
- 1 cup halved red grapes
- 8 Bibb lettuce leaves or Boston lettuce leaves
Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine turkey, celery, apple, walnuts, and grapes in a medium serving bowl; mix well.
Add yogurt mixture; toss gently to blend.
Serve on top of lettuce.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
Photos by Kirsten Morningstar