January 9th, 2009

Apples of My Eye

What a line up, eh?

Presenting, from left to right, we’ve got sweet Golden Delicious, tart Granny Smith, festive newcomer Pinata, bold Virginia Gold, and spicy Arkansas Black. Such beauties, and but a fraction of the 2500 varieties grown in the United States. (7,500 worldwide!) So, you could eat a different apple every day for the next eighteen, no nineteen years…well, you can do the math.

Before we got caught up in all the holiday hooplah of parties and feasts, Mark and I gave a healthy foods workshop at Glencliff High School to a group of their culinary arts students, as part of their Live It! program. Our presentation was all about Apples. We brought in a dozen varieties from our farmer’s market for the students to sample and rate. An Apple Tasting!

When brushing up on my apple facts, I realized I hadn’t given apples the full appreciation they are due. They’re packed with powerful anti-oxidants, rich with vitamins C and K, and there’s not a trace of sodium, fat, or cholesterol to boot. Eating just 2 a week reduces the risk of asthma and type 2 diabetes. Plus, so many cooking possibilities with all the varieties.

Now that I’m in the post-holiday-whoa-too-much-was-consumed mode, I know it’s time to heed my own lesson. Here’s the recipe that we did with the kids: it’s a healthy redux of waldorf that’s as easy to make as it is satisfying to eat.

1 cup Plain Lowfat Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Honey
Pinch salt
A few grindings of Black Pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
4 Apples—use an assortment, if you like—chopped medium size
2 stalks Celery, finely chopped
1 Carrot, shredded
½ cup toasted chopped Walnuts
½ cup Raisins

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper, and zest. In a separate bowl, toss the apples, celery, carrots, walnuts, and raisins together. Coat with yogurt dressing. Chill and serve on a bed of lettuce greens. Serves 6-8

Posted in Fruit, Recipes, Salads

5 Responses to “Apples of My Eye”
  1. Madeleine Says:

    I want apples NOW! To satisfy my new found craving, I’m going to make this health waldorf tomorrow.

    BTW, your subscription service works.

  2. Madeleine Says:

    I want apples NOW! To satisfy my new found craving, I will make this health waldorf tomorrow. Yay!

    BTW, your subscription service works.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    The food photos on your site are beautiful. Can’t wait to try the recipes.

  4. Flying Colors Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    Love your blog, my friend Delia Seigen… told me about it. Would love to meet you some day.
    Have a great week… also I put a link of your blog on my blog….

    I just found this saying and added it to my post you had just visited… found it apropo for yours also :-)
    “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch,
    you must first create the universe.”
    Carl Sagan

  5. Nancy Gilliam Says:

    Nancy, I’ve enjoyed your good food for many years; now it’s wonderful to have access to some of your recipes.

    I’ve never thought very highly of Waldorf salad, but this is so good that I’ve made it twice with crisp pink lady apples. It’s that lemon zest–that really perks it up.

    Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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