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Healthy + Easy Turkey Waldorf Salad Recipe Takes Just 20 Minutes to Whip Up

We gave the classic a protein-packed upgrade!

It’s easy to associate the Waldorf salad with the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, as that’s where the dish originated. With its roots dating back to 1896, the luxurious plate was created by Oscar Tschirky, a Swiss-American restaurateur who was the maître d’hôtel at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at the time. Tschirky made his with celery, apples, grapes, walnuts and mayonnaise, and typically used all green varieties of the ingredients for an aesthetically pleasing meal. For our Turkey Waldorf Salad recipe, we pay homage to the original while adding a protein twist.

We use roasted turkey in our recipe upgrade, which gives a savory contrast to the mix of sweet fruit in Waldorf salad. We also use golden raisins as well as both red and green apples. However, you can mix and match the types of apples, grapes or raisins to your liking. This acts as the perfect side dish, but can also make a great lunch. Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

Yields

4 serving

Total Time

Prep Time

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups (¾" pieces) roast turkey
  • 2 red and/or green apples, cored, cubed
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • ½ cup walnut pieces, toasted

Instructions

• Grate 1 tsp. zest and squeeze 1 Tbs. juice from lemon. In bowl, whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest, 1⁄4 tsp. salt and 1⁄4 tsp. pepper. 

• Add next 5 ingredients; toss until evenly coated. Arrange lettuce on serving plate. Top with turkey mixture and walnuts.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 16 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 3 gram
  • Protein: 17 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 41 gram
  • Fiber: 4 gram
  • Cholesterol: 55 mg
  • Sugar: 34 gram
  • Sodium: 670 mg
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