Autumn in New York
It’s Autumn in New York (love this chick-flick) a lot sooner than in The OC, where we live.
Even though I’m excited for the warm comfort foods that fall brings, our 100-degree weather in OC and even 90-degree beach weather is putting Fall on hold of me.
That’s why I ease into Fall and keep some parts of my New Fall Menu in our HealthyFamilyMealPlans system a little lighter and cooler, like in this Waldorf Chicken Salad Wraps recipe.
The classic Waldorf Salad was created in the famous NYC Hotel between 1893 and 1896 by Oscar Tschirky.
Oscar was not a chef, (see there’s hope for all of us 😉 ) but he was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel responsible for the overall dining experience at the hotel.
Oscar Tschirky developed and inspired so many of the Waldorf’s signature dishes that in 1896, his Waldorf Salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”. – Wikipedia
Since then, this classic New York salad has had many variations because it’s so delicious and easy to make.
The original Waldorf Salad recipe was simply:
Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise. – Food52.com The-story-behind-the-most-popular-salad-in-new-york
Good News About Good Mayo
You don’t have to skip the mayo and eat everything dry anymore.
You still need to pass on the so-called “Best” and traditional mayonnaise made with soy or canola oil because those are the kinds of processed foods that make you fat.
But a “good and healthy” fat based mayo helps you burn fat.
The Good Mayo
Here’s the “good mayo” that I think Oscar of the Waldorf would want us to use today…
Primal Kitchen Mayo, the Real Mayonnaise Made with Avocado Oil”, soy and canola oil free, cage free eggs and even sugar-free.
There are no toxin-filled ingredients that get stored in our fat cells, no waxy feeling on your tongue like hydrogenated oils leave in your mouth.
This mayo is so creamy, nice and smooth that it’s hard to believe it’s good for you.
But, thankfully IT IS and you can read more about why here.
The New and Healthy Twist on The Waldorf Salad
1896 was a long time ago and now that it’s 2016 we are all trying to go back to the classics.
Real whole foods classics, Primal, Paleo and even Adam And Eve classic way of eating because we realize that somewhere in between then and now, we screwed up and we all got hooked on too many processed foods that are making us fat and our children sicker than ever.
But we’re modern families living modern and busy lives now, and we all need new recipes that our kids will actually want to eat.
My New Waldorf Salad recipe is a Salad Wrap but you can easily make into a salad if you just want to serve this over a bed of lettuce.
I couldn’t believe our kids kept asking (over and Over and OVER again) for this as a wrap in their school lunches, so try making this today.
High Protein, Low Carb Meal
To make the simple Waldorf Salad into a complete high protein and low carb meal, I added chicken to it.
Use organic, pasture-raised chicken to make this recipe old school healthy, back when we didn’t shoot and feed hormones and antibiotics into cramped and cage trapped chickens.
Instead of classic apples and celery, I used cucumber, red grapes and pecans to give this “light” autumn flavors.
Pecans give this salad a crunch and take us back in time with their age reversing health benefits. –Nuts.com
Toss these healthy ingredients together and you’ve got the New and Healthier Waldorf Salad or …
Waldorf Salad Wraps!
I just had to share this recipe with you because it has been in our kid’s lunch box more times than I can count now and it makes me feel like it’s Autumn in our home!
Where do you live and what does Autumn feel like for you? Would this fit as your “light” comfort food?
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