This simple chickpea Waldorf salad takes a lighter approach with flavors that take you from the warmer weather into fall and winter. Food like this makes the transition a little easier, so double up on the apples and add a bit of heat from red pepper flakes to warm you up.
A traditional Waldorf salad is generally made with fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, and dressed with mayonnaise. I've seen a lot of versions that add chicken for a more complete meal. For a lighter, meat-free upgrade that can still pass for lunch, I swapped plain yogurt for the mayo and added some chickpeas for protein. There is a wonderful balance of sweet and savory with the perfect amount of crunch in every bite!
Chickpea Waldorf Salad
1/2 cup plain full-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium apple, chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
1 cup red grapes
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
4 cups fresh spinach
Prepare the yogurt dressing by combining the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until well-combined.
Combine chickpeas, celery, apple, grapes, onion, parsley, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir in the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving, or up to 5 days.
Serve salad over fresh spinach.
Originally posted June 2015.