This is a wonderful breakfast or anytime recipe. I took a cooking class years ago with a friend at Wild Oats and this is one of the dishes that was made. I don't have a cookbook or chef to give credit to, it was just handed out on a sheet of paper. I've shared another recipe from that class here, both are excellent.
Traditionally Waldorf Salad has mayonnaise in the dressing. For me, vanilla (soy) yogurt adds such a better flavor and makes me think this could pass for a summer dessert. Or any season in my book... seriously, if you take a bite of the apple with dates alone, it tastes just like a caramel apple. This also keeps well for a few days in the fridge so you can make a large batch for the weeks lunches. A little of this salad would be a welcome addition if you are super cool and doing the Japanese Bento thing.
Vegan Waldorf Salad
3 cups apples, chopped
sprinkling of lemon juice
handful of walnuts, chopped
handful of dark raisins (I used jumbo flame, organic - beautiful!)
handful of golden raisins (mine were a little dry so I let them sit in warm h2o for ten minutes)
handful of celery, chopped
handful of dried, pitted dates, chopped
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy yogurt (you could use regular vanilla yogurt)
1/4 tsp. fresh nutmeg
1 TBS. sweetener (I used maple syrup)
In a large bowl toss apple with lemon juice. Add celery, raisins, walnuts and dates. Blend dressing ingredients in small bowl, add to apple mixture. Gently combine until salad is coated with dressing.
Enjoy this recipe, I hope you like it. I hope your kids like it too!