This nutrient-rich version of the Apple Waldorf Salad contains more apples (with the skin on for increased nutrients and fiber) and the latest superfood fruit: dried cherries. Dried tart cherries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Scientific research indicates that they may provide anti-inflammatory properties, help control diabetes and reduce heart disease and cancer risk. A lighter, reduced-fat mayonnaise keeps the fat under control.
Makes about 12 cups (1 cup servings)
Ingredients 4 large Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest 1¼ cups dried tart cherries 1 cup thinly sliced celery ½ cup finely chopped red onion ½ cup light mayonnaise 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Directions 1. Mix chopped apples with lemon juice and lemon zest in large bowl.
2. Add cherries, celery and red onion; toss.
3. Mix in light mayonnaise.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
5. Add chopped pecans right before serving; stir well.
Kim Galeaz is an Indianapolis-based registered dietitian and owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications. As a freelance culinary-nutrition consultant, she has worked with many companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Kroger Company and Weider Publications, to help position and promote smart and healthy food, beverage and lifestyle choices.
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