Some things are pretty. Others are clever. I like to be surrounded by pretty and clever things. And this take on the classic New York salad is just that.
Walnuts are naturally brain food. They are rich in omega 6’s, which are essential fats, crucial for brain function and receptivity.
The addition of radicchio and purple endive infuse the salad not only with a beautiful crimson color but also with anthocyanins, the same phytonutrient in blueberries, which improves mental acuity and brain plasticity. The bitterness of these vegetables is also helpful in detoxifying the body as it stimulates the bile flow enabling old toxins to be emulsified and removed from the body.
The apple and grapes are classic Waldorf ingredients and give a subtle hint of sweetness to offset the bitterness of the purple leaves.
The success of the salad is highly dependent on the mayonnaise. Not too much and only of good quality. Make your own, preferably, or use a gourmet non-dairy brand.
Pretty and clever – how everything should be.Photo Credit: Ben Dearnley