Healthful Waldorf Chopped

I Choppedified a Waldorf! All the usual Waldorf suspects of Sweet Ruby Red Grapes, Crunchy Apples, Roasted Walnuts and Lean Chicken. Plus creamy avocado, green beans and Quinoa combined with a Vegenaise Dressing make this Chopped a “Balanced Meal in a Bowl”.
Healthful Waldorf Chopped I Choppedified a Waldorf! All the usual Waldorf suspects of Sweet Ruby Red Grapes, Crunchy Apples, Roasted Walnuts and Lean Chicken. Plus creamy avocado, green beans and Quinoa combined with a Vegenaise Dressing make this Chopped a "Balanced Meal in a Bowl".

Healthful Waldorf Chopped

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You know what to expect when you see “Waldorf” right? Well this is not your ordinary Waldorf, although that version is pretty terrific. Remember that yummy dressing from last week. You know the one with Vegenaise, Walnut Oil, Rice Wine Vinegar? Yes, that’s the one that is now my “go to” dressing. It’s awesome. Now here’s the Waldorf homage I made from our Mammoth experience at “53 Kitchen”. Of course, I’ve Choppedified it to make it a full “Balanced Meal in a Bowl”. Mind you, this is just from “palate” memory. I think it would be so fun to find out how close I came to their recipe ingredients.

Healthful Waldorf Chopped. I Choppedified a Waldorf! All the usual Waldorf suspects of Sweet Ruby Red Grapes, Crunchy apples and Roasted Walnuts and Lean Chicken. Plus creamy avocado, green beans and Quinoa combined with a Vegenaise Dressing make this Chopped a "Balanced Meal in a Bowl".

The bowl ingredients were easy to distinguish. Duh, they were all listed on the menu! Which was what intrigued me in the first place. Arugula, Apple, Grapes, Walnuts, Chicken, the usual “Waldorf” suspects. Then I tasted that delicious dressing. This was a totally unexpected combo in ski country. How did I Choppedify it? I added Green Beans, Avocado, and Quinoa to make it a Chopped Style meal!

Salty, Maple Syrup Oven Roasted Walnuts TKC With a little bit of extra foodie love, these Walnuts are transformed into crunchy, salty, slightly sweet bites of healthful yumminess!
To make this Chopped in just a few minutes, have your chicken, quinoa and walnuts cooked and on hand. Microwave steam your green beans as you chop the other ingredients.

If you’ve been here before you know I adore roasted veggies. I don’t mind in the least taking a few extra minutes to roast them. Plus, I always roast twice as much, so the next day I don’t have to take any time at all. With this combo, I wasn’t looking for a roasty flavor. I just wanted to add extra veggie fiber and nutrition to the Chopped. So in keeping with the “hide veggies in plain sight” strategy I microwave steamed them. This takes a grand total of 2 minutes. You hardly know they’re in there, but they complete the bowl.

Want to keep this Chopped vegetarian? Sub the chicken for 1 cup drained and rinsed Northern White Beans. This Chopped is naturally Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes for microwave steaming the Green Beans.

Yield: 4 Servings

Bowl Ingredients:
4 cups Chopped Arugula
1/2 Apple, cored and Chopped. I used red for sweetness, but use what you like.
1/2 cup quartered, seedless, Red Grapes
1/2 Avocado, Chopped
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup Chopped microwave steamed Green Beans
1/2 cup Salty, Maple Syrup Oven Roasted Walnuts
10 oz. cooked Chicken Breast, Chopped

Dressing Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon Vegenaise or Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Walnut Oil
2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Honey
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly, coarsely ground Black Pepper. 3-4 good strong grinds should do it.

Bowl Ingredients Prep:

Chop’em and Drop’em as directed, into a Large Serving Bowl.

Dressing Ingredient Prep:

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and whisk till well combined. I had to whisk quite vigorously to get the honey to combine. It wanted to stick to the bottom of the bowl.

Pour the dressing over the Bowl Ingredients. Toss, Toss and Toss some more. Then…
“Get Your Spoons Ready!”

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Healthful Waldorf Chopped is featured at Marilyns Treats “Over the Moon” linky party!

Healthful Waldorf Chopped. I Choppedified a Waldorf! All the usual Waldorf suspects of Sweet Ruby Red Grapes, Crunchy apples and Roasted Walnuts and Lean Chicken. Plus creamy avocado, green beans and Quinoa combined with a Vegenaise Dressing make this Chopped a "Balanced Meal in a Bowl".

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32 Responses to Healthful Waldorf Chopped

  1. Love, love, love a great salad KC and this looks just delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at #FoodieFriDIY – I’ll be featuring your recipe this week on the link-party – wanted to pop by and let you know. Have a great rest of the week! 😀

    • adminKC says:

      Debra, I so stoked to hear this. I will, for sure, stop by and link up and give your #FoodieFriDIY party some extra love! Thanks so much!

  2. I love Waldorf salad. I have never put quinoa in it before though. Sounds great though. I wanted to personally invite you to join us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party open Sunday-Wednesdays. Check it out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2505

  3. Olivia says:

    This recipe looks yummy.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

    Olivia- Co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

  4. Joy @ Joy Love Food says:

    What a great twist on a Waldorf salad, I especially love the addition of quinoa, yum! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!

  5. This salad looks sooooo delicious! I love apples in salad anyway! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, you are my feature pick this week!

  6. Congratulations. I chose this post as my feature on Over the Moon!

    • adminKC says:

      That’s awesome. It’s great to see you blogging once again. Missed you! :) I’ll be by to put a link back on the recipe and do all the sharing I can.

  7. KC, I love this! And thank ypu for sharing it on #overthemoon. It is so good to be here again. I hope you will share at Thursday Favorite Things. I could use some love over there.

    • adminKC says:

      Thank you so much Marilyn. I’m so happy things are better for you. It’s good to have you “back in action”. I’ll be happy to swing by for Thursday Favorite. And I am so appreciative that you’ve re-subscribed. Thanks so much!

  8. I love your additions to this classic recipe, KC, especially the avocado! Your Waldorf Chopped sounds delicious and looks wonderful! Sharing. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  9. Nicky says:

    This looks delicious KC. I’ve found myself in a slump with salads the past week or so. This makes we want a salad tonight. Thanks.

    • adminKC says:

      I was so lucky to get this inspiration this time of year. I’ve been focused so much on warm comfort foodie Chopped that this was a welcome change for us too! 😉

  10. Jamie says:

    That looks yummy!! I’ll be pinning this to try soon! :)

  11. Looks and sounds delicious. Another great chopped recipe! Thank you for linking up at the LET’S GET REAL WEEKLY LINK PARTY.
    Your submission is appreciated and will be tweeted or pinned or
    both. Be sure to join us next week, Thursday Feb. 11th at 5 p.m.
    EST

  12. A beautiful and much healthier rendition of the traditional Waldorf salad Kc! So full of amazing tastes and textures to tantalize our tastebuds! And your dressing seems like the perfect accompaniment!

  13. Truly a salad that eats like a meal. Looks great.

  14. Tara says:

    Pretty pictures, this looks so delicious!!

  15. Angela says:

    I really love your take on a waldorf salad. Much lighter and lots of brightness with your recipe. Thanks for sharing

  16. What a wonderful salad combination! Thank you so much for linking up at #OMHGWW Wordless Wednesday! Pinning!

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