Apple Cherry Salad With Pecans
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)
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
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.
Nutrition information (per serving)
1 g protein
31 g carbohydrates
8 g fat (1 g saturated)
3 mg cholesterol
90 mg sodium
21 mg calcium
0.5 mg iron
350 IU vitamin A
6mg vitamin C
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.