Healthful Waldorf Chopped
By KC the Kitchen Chopper,
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.
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!
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
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
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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