I just returned home from taking my daughter to school. The first day of school, the first day of Middle School. I can’t believe it, where has time gone? Wasn’t she just holding my hand as we walked into preschool together? She carried an Elmo backpack with a snack inside; now she wears a huge Under Armour backpack, filled with binders and gadgets.
My daughter took a salad in her lunch today, she meticulously put it together in a glass container, filling it with layers of baby arugula, roasted sweet potatoes, chickpea-herb salad, homemade za’atar and topping it all with a hefty drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Sounds delicious and complex, fitting for the mature tween that she has become! With back to school time upon us, as well as the Labor Day holiday weekend, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite take-along salads.
What do you think of Waldorf Salad? Does an image come to your mind when you see or hear that name? When I was my daughter’s age, and even younger, I loved when my mom made Waldorf Salad. She’d fill a big bowl with chopped apples (Red Delicious was her favorite variety back then), diced celery, chopped walnuts, and a tangy dressing that she made with Miracle Whip. It has been a long time since I’ve eaten my Mom’s version of this beloved salad, and for good reason – I just can’t get my head around eating anything made with Miracle Whip!
For many years, I put the idea of Waldorf Salad in the back of my head, since I wasn’t going to make it with my Mom’s recipe. But then I began to think of the possibilities of altering the recipe, to make it my own, to make it in a way that was suitable for my current way of healthful eating. I carefully selected some tart-crisp apples (Pink Lady is my favorite variety), some seeds and dried fruit, and the ingredients for a nourishing dressing to pull everything together. The result is my Fresh Waldorf-Inspired Summer Salad, a recipe that I developed for 88acres.
88acres is a certified nut-free company which makes delicious seed butters, craft seed bars, and seednola. Their products are organic and made in small batches in Boston. 88acres fills the void for individuals and families struggling with nut allergies, which can be life-threatening; their production facility is certified nut-free and is thus allergen-safe for producing their products with care and intention. I have been developing recipes for 88acres for several months, using my knowledge of nutrition and my skills in the kitchen to create easy recipes using 88acres’ ingredients. Their craft seed butters are my favorite ingredients to use, for making sauces, dressings, and even baked goods.
The Fresh Waldorf-Inspired Summer Salad uses 88acres’ Pumpkin Seed Butter as the base for the dressing. It’s a unique twist on the Waldorf Salad of my childhood. Because there are no ingredients in this recipe which require refrigeration, it’s the perfect salad to pack for a school lunch or for a Fall picnic. 88acres’ products are available in their online shop (with free shipping on orders over $50), and in several grocery stores on the East Coast. For those of you in Baltimore, Mom’s Organic Market now stocks 88acres Seed Butters in their stores.