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A favorite fruit salad with a citrus flavor

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Waldorf salad has been a popular salad for decades. There are many variations to preparing it, but the basis of it remains the same: apples, celery and nuts. Some recipes call for miniature marshmallows, some for sour cream and some even have raisins. It's a tasty and healthy salad that is good as a light lunch or a side dish for dinner.

Some years ago, I found the recipe I'd like to share today that gives this popular salad the flavorful taste of orange. This recipe, "Fresh Orange Waldorf Salad," contains many of the regular ingredients used in the original salad recipe, but has the addition of fresh oranges. It also has a bit of ground cinnamon, which enhances the flavors of the fruits.

The original recipe calls for a variety of orange called the California-Arizona orange. If you don't see them in the stores, I've found that Naval oranges work well. Basically, any good orange that's good for eating out of hand would be fine to use in this salad. Also, this salad is best served the same day it's prepared. However, if it's covered and kept under refrigeration, it will still taste good the next day.

Earlier this year, I shared some recipes using fresh oranges, including a "Blender Orange Raisin Cake." Here's the link to it in case you missed it the first time:

http://www.examiner.com/article/oranges-the-flavor-of-springtime

Enjoy this healthy salad that is cool and crisp to serve during these hot summer days!

FRESH ORANGE WALDORF SALAD

  • Grated peel of 1/2 fresh orange
  • 4 California-Arizona oranges, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (or any good eating orange)
  • 1 medium red apple, unpeeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill. Serve on salad greens, if desired. This makes 4-1/2 cups or 4-6 servings.

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