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Anna’s Wholesome Waldorf Slaw: A Symphony of Crunch and Zest

Darlings, today we’re tossing up a little magic in our kitchens with a fresh twist on an old classic – the Waldorf Slaw. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Anna, isn’t that just a salad?” But oh, my dear friends, it’s so much more. It’s a dance of textures and flavors that harken back to the good old days while tickling our modern taste buds. Let’s get peeling and reveal the wonder of this dish together!

A Crunchy Ode to the Apple We start with our star performers – the Gala or Fuji apples. Bright as a button and sweet as a summer’s kiss, these apples are the heartthrob of our slaw. As you core and dice them, just like I do here in my sunny kitchen, let their juicy crispness remind you of apple-picking adventures and picnics under the sky. Sprinkle them with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from blushing too much – we’re not quite ready for the sock hop, are we?

The Twang and Tang of Our Dressing Now, for the twirl in our jive – the dressing. It’s not just any dressing, mind you. It’s a concoction that sings of orchards and spice. Apple cider vinegar for that tang, a wee bit of soaked date for sweetness, and fresh ginger for a zesty kick. And let’s not forget a teaspoon of white miso paste – a nod to the faraway lands from which it came, adding a depth of flavor that’s as intriguing as a whispered secret at a garden party.

A Slaw That’s the Cat’s Meow We’ve got our cabbage shredded, like the tulle of a petticoat, and carrots grated as fine as the sand on a beachside getaway. Toss in those seedless red grapes, halved and glistening like little rubies, and minced celery for a crunch that’s as satisfying as stepping on autumn leaves. And what’s a Waldorf without the walnuts? Chop them up for a nutty natter that’ll have your taste buds tap dancing!

Finishing with a Flair Finally, we sprinkle in our minced scallions, as green and perky as the lawns we used to run on. They’re the final flourish on our masterpiece, the bow on the present, the cherry on the sundae! Give it all a gentle toss, like you would when you turn up the record player and let the music take over.

A Dish to Dish About And there you have it, my friends – a Waldorf Slaw that’s as fresh as a daisy and as delightful as the first day of spring. It’s a salad that tells a story, a tale of blending the old with the new, the near with the far, the sweet with the savory. It’s a dish to serve with pride, to your family, to your chums, or just to treat yourself on a quiet afternoon.

So, tie on your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let’s make history with every meal. Bon appétit!

Waldorf Slaw

Embark on a sensory journey with our reimagined Waldorf Slaw, a dish that sings with the vibrancy of a bustling marketplace and the freshness of a garden in bloom. This isn't just a recipe; it's an invitation to indulge in a tapestry of textures and flavors.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 of Gala or Fuji apples cored and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 of Pitted date soaked for 10 minutes in hot water and then drained
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tsp White miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper ground
  • 3 cups Cabbage shredded
  • 1 large Carrot grated
  • 1/2 cup Seedless red grapes halved
  • 1 rib Celery minced
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts chopped
  • 2 of Scallions (Spring onion) minced


  • Start by preparing your apples. Dice them and toss with lemon juice to keep them fresh and add a tangy zest.
  • We will use ½ cup of the diced apples for the dressing. In a blender, combine these apples with vinegar, water, date (if using), ginger, miso, and pepper. Blend until smooth to create a light, flavorful dressing.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, carrot, grapes, celery, walnuts, and scallions. Add the diced apples and the blended dressing. Toss everything gently to combine.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary. Your slaw is ready to serve!


Enjoy this simple and delightful twist on a classic salad, brimming with a symphony of flavors and textures in every bite!