Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Viviana's Chilean Curly Celery Salad

This Chilean salad is a family tradition for Viviana whenever a large meat course is the main event. It is especially wonderful alongside ham, roast turkey, or chicken. 

The nutrition facts were created at Calorie Count!

Viviana’s Chilean Curly Celery Salad
Serves two


2 stalks celery
Pinch salt
1/8 t fresh cracked black pepper
2 t lemon juice, fresh squeezed is always best
2 t olive oil
1/4 cup black olives, cut into thick slices


Cut the rinsed and dried celery into 2 inch lengths across the grain. Then slice each piece into three or four lengths cutting from top to bottom - do not cut all the way to the top. Place the slices in a bowl, cover with very cold water, add a few ice cubes, and allow to sit for about an hour or so until the celery pieces curl. The thinner the slices, the greater the curl.

Drain the celery and pat dry. Toss with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the olives and toss gently.

Janice's Light Waldorf Salad

This was the "fancy salad" that someone always brought to the nicer family gatherings. I was never a fan as I was in an anti-mayo phase for most of my youth. Now I just want to give a skip to the mayo for health reasons and this salad is one of my new favorites!

The nutrition facts were designed on Calorie Count! Enjoy

Waldorf Salad
serves four

Salad Ingredients:

1 cup celery, sliced
2 apples, Fuji, cut into chunks
2 T dried cranberries
1 T parsley, minced
2 T walnut pieces
4 lettuce leaves, such as Boston or Bibb

Dressing Ingredients:

2 T Greek Yogurt, 2%
2 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed
Pinch salt
1/8 t ground white pepper
1/8 t dried ground mustard
1 t honey


Prepare all the salad ingredients, except the lettuce, and place in a bowl.

Mix the dressing, taste, and adjust the seasonings to suit you.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss gently to combine.

Divide the salad evenly on top of each of the four lettuce cups. Enjoy all by itself for lunch, or as a delectable addition to dinner. Eat with a fork. Or as a fun salad wrap!