Time to bring this recipe home as well. I discovered the recipe of Chicken Waldorf Salad in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on a cruise to the Bahamas. And with slight modifications, I was able to add a lot of my superfoods to it when I recreated the recipe on land (at home).
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[Makes 2 Servings]
1 Large Apple Chopped, Cup of Raspberry, 8 Large Olives, 1 Small Guava, 2 cups of (leftover) Grilled Chicken chopped in bite-size pieces, 1 cup chopped Celery, a handful of Sunflower Seeds.
**Skip the guava if you cannot find it. I live 10 minutes from an Asian store that sells this killer Thai Guavas. Which I have to have, every time we visit the store.
Ingredients For Waldorf Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Mayonnaise, 1 tsp mustard paste, salt, and pepper to taste, squeeze of lemon juice, a dash of cayenne pepper(because, why not!)
Finally Assemble the Salad:
1. Chop up Apple, Guava, Chicken and Celery in bit size pieces. Really No specifications, whatever size you fancy
2. Mix all ingredients for dressing in a large mixing bowl and whisk.
3. Add All other ingredients right into the dressing in the mixing bowl and mix gently.
4. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.
I am telling you this is probably the easiest recipe you will make, and enjoy many times over.
Eat this either as a side to a Protein such as chicken breast or fish.
I added leftover grilled chicken cubes to this to make it a complete meal as a light lunch or dinner.
I also love adding sunflower seeds as a topping right before eating for that added crunch.
History of Waldorf Salad
From Wikipedia: Waldorf salad is named for the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, where it was first created for a charity ball given in honor of the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children on March 14, 1896. The Waldorf-Astoria’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, developed or inspired many of the hotel’s signature dishes and is widely credited with creating the salad recipe. In 1896, the salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”.
The original Waldorf Salad recipe was just apples, celery, and mayonnaise. In this modified recipe I have added all of my favorite superfoods and IT IS DELISH and has many health benefits.
Apples contain pectin which is a soluble fiber. Pectin enriches the mucus layer and protects your gut lining and supports a healthy digestive system.
Another day, someone remind me to write all about Apples. It is for good reason they say, An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away.
Raspberries contain quercetin which is a flavonol. Although, Quercetin influences bacterial function and leads to the activation of specific antioxidant biological pathways that decrease inflammation and contribute to microbial detoxification. However, Studies indicate that quercetin promotes hormone production and cardiovascular wellness. In fact, low plasma levels of quercetin have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Olives and Olive Oil:
Olive oil contains essential fatty acids which are a class of unsaturated fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are critical for a stable microbiome. However, They increase microbial diversity and beneficial butyrate-producing bacteria. Although, Butyrate is anti-inflammatory and promotes a strong gut lining by tightening the junctions between cells. It has been reported that essential fatty acids nourish your brain, enhance gut health and decrease inflammation.
Sunflower seeds contain niacin which is a B vitamin. Although, Niacin is converted to nicotinic acid and niacinamide by organisms in your microbiome. However, These compounds are co-enzymes that help your microbiome synthesize more niacin. Studies indicate that niacin metabolites feeding microbes and helping them perform many metabolic functions. Such as maintaining intestinal balance, decreasing inflammation, and synthesizing neurotransmitters.
Ahh the Joke Time
An Apple a day will keep anyone away, if you throw it hard enough!
As usual Author Unknown, heard from my elementary school kids.
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #28.