Waldorf Salad is the perfect salad for kids who don’t ‘like’ salad.
I should know because at 9 and 11, my boys still hate to eat their leafy greens. Until now. Once I discovered they were happy to eat an apple-based salad, I started to make my own version of a Waldorf Salad. It’s made of foods they like, such as crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, chopped celery and dried cranberries, and I keep them even happier by lightly coating the salad with a yogurt, lemon and honey dressing.
Now that they happily eat this ‘salad’, I also like to serve it up for an afterschool snack and occasionally even tuck it in the lunchbox as the lemon in the dressing keep the apples from going brown. We’ve even been known to eat this for dinner alongside a grilled chicken breast, of which the leftovers can be chopped up, added to the salad and tucked into a whole grain pita or wrap (read: lunch the next day). For toddlers, chop all of the ingredients finely and the walnuts can be replaced with sunflower seeds if nuts are a concern.
Do your kids have funny salad eating habits? What kind do they like best?
Prep and Cook
Good to Know: If the salad isn’t going to be eaten immediately, add the lemon juice to the bowl with the apple, celery, dried cranberries and walnuts and, using your fingers, toss to combine. Mix the yogurt and honey together and dress the salad as per the recipe.