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Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Salad for Kids that May Need a New Name

When my daughter was a child, she loved a salad we had dubbed "Pink Lady Salad." This variation on classic Waldorf salad was easy, low fat, and something that was popular with just about any of the kids who ate at our house. Best of all, it is one that can be made in the winter months when fresh produce is not always readily available.

We made a slight variation today when my grandsons discovered how much fun it is to shell pecans, but the name may need to be updated to something a little more boy-ish! Whatever the name, it brought on calls for seconds.

Pink Lady Salad

1 c diced celery
1 1/2 c apples, cored and coarsely chopped but not peeled--a mixture of red and yellow-skinned apples makes a nice color contrast
1/3 c coarsely chopped walnuts
6 to 8 oz container strawberry yogurt

Stir all ingredients together and serve in clear dishes to show off the colors. Serves 3 to 4.

Variations: Use pecans or almonds instead of walnuts. Other fruits may also be added with the apples. Grapes and pears are especially good. Bananas can also be included for children who eat few other fruits, but they tend to overwhelm the other fruits, so I don't really recommend them.

Raspberry yogurt can be substituted for the strawberry.

For adults, and some children, a light grind of black pepper makes a nice contrast, as does a garnish of fresh mint leaves.

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