Vegan Waldorf Salad

A sweet/savory dish, light on its feet but filling enough to be an entree. This plant-based, gluten free salad is the ultimate way to step into fall!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 cups chopped crisp sweet red apple about ¼ -½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup red grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans walnuts can be substituted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup diced celery 1/8 to ¼-inch pieces
  • Boston or green leaf lettuce for serving

Dressing

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk I used cashew milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt finely ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard not powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder optional-add to enhance savory aspect

Instructions

Salad

  • Core and chop apple. Add to medium mixing bowl. Bathe the apple in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. This must be done immediately to prevent the apple from browning.
  • Chop grapes, celery, and nuts and add along with the raisings to the bowl containing the apple. Stir to blend the ingredients.
  • Dollop salad mixture with 1/2 cup of dressing and stir gently until evenly mixed. If a more heavily dressed salad is desired add more dressing at this point. Optionally reserve some dressing to add to salad after chilling.
  • Salad may be eaten immediately but is best when chilled (about an hour). After chilling add more dressing and serve on a bed of greens such as Boston or green leaf lettuce. Store in refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

Dressing

  • Soak cashews in 1 ¼ cups very hot water for about 20 minutes. Cashews should be soft and tender. Rinse and drain.
  • Add soaked cashews and remaining dressing ingredients to blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break down then blend on high speed, stopping periodically to scrape sides. If you are using the extra large blending container you will need to scrape frequently for the first minute.

Notes

Prep time - does not include time for soaking nuts or refrigeration. Serving sizes - will vary depending on use (appetizer, salad, main dish)