Waldorf Salad - No Mayonnaise

"Another VT recipe that sounds too good to lose. This is a lightened up version of Waldorf Salad that uses yogurt iinstead of mayonnaise and also, for a surprise treat, includes pears. If you don't have ripe pears, use canned. You may peel the apples and pears if desired. The cooking time includes time to cool down the cooked cider."
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  • Boil cider over high heat in a small saucepan until reduced to 3 tbsp (takes 15 to 20 minutes).
  • Allow cider to cool completely (speed this up by refrigerating).
  • Mix together the cooled cider, yogurt and cinnamon and set aside.
  • Mix the apples, pears, grapes, celery, raisins and nuts in a bowl.
  • Add the yogurt mixture to the apple mixture and toss to coat.
  • Place a lettuce leaf of each plate and top with Waldorf salad.

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  1. zenveg
    This is a fantastic recipe. I'm so happy that I finally got around to making it after having it sitting in my cookbook for a long time :0)
  2. 2Bleu
    We used golden delicious apples and bartlet pears. The results were terrific. I did cheat a bit by using vanilla flavored yogurt, but I'm glad I did, it's better than using mayo. :)
  3. KateL
    4 Stars, nice tasting salad, but this needs perfectly ripe pears to taste its best. I boiled the cider for 15 minutes, and ended up with easily solidified cider (like a lollipop). I had difficulty blending my cider into the yogurt, even using my food processor. My first purchase of Bosc pears went bad, and I didn't have time to let the new batch ripen, so please keep that in mind. I used Granny Smith apples, but I believe nicely ripened pears are the key to your enjoyment. Made for Healthy Choices.
  4. Lorraine of AZ
    This is an excellent salad, very refreshing and tasty, not to mention healthful--just great for a summer meal. The dressing is wonderful and I enjoyed the additionn of the pears, too. I did substitute craisins. I'll be making my waldorf salad this way again. Made for recipe swap#18,
  5. Pixies Kitchen
    THANK YOU!!!! I could live off of this recipe for the rest of my life. I used Braeburn Apples and D'Anjou pears and have made it with dark raisins and sultanas. You cannot beat this. Everyone in the house loved it and I have printed out about 3 copies and passed them around as well. Thanks again!



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