Waldorf Salad

The light and protein packed version.

I know, Waldorf salad sounds boring, somehow very 80’s and not so exciting as perhaps a duck roast or shortbread. But to be honest I really like it: it’s refreshing, creamy and it has a sentimental component for me. My mum bought it from the butcher and we ate it with all kinds of meat. In Italy the meat is usually cooked in a quite boring way (no sauces, scarse seasoning) and the Waldorf salad was a real highlight. The original recipe requires mayonnaise which does not fit in our current macros. Nevertheless, we managed to create a lighter but no less tastier version of it.

Thanks to its extreme macro-friendliness it’s a refreshing alternative to boring steamed veggies (chicken and broccoli anyone?) and you can combine also a fat fish like hering or makarel for that extra omega-3 fatty acid boost without stressing your calories too much. By the way such a salad with fish is called “Heringsschmaus” (=the hering feast) in Austria and is eaten at Pancake Day. Give it a try with or without fish and thank me later 😉


  • 260 g apple (one big)
  • 650 g celery root (one medium root)
  • 80 g fresh coriander (optional – or as much as you like)
  • 450 g skyr (or greek yoghurt)
  • 5 g wasabi (optional)
  • 150 g lemon (one big)
  • 60 g onion (one small)
  • some vinegar to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. Grate the apple, the celery root and the zest of one lemon. I know it sucks. But listen to your favourite podcast or music and get the stuff done.
  2. Chop the fresh coriander and the onion.
  3. Mix skyr, the juice of one lemon, wasabi, salt and a generous dash of vinegar. This is your salad dressing.
  4. Mix everything together and adjust saltiness and acidity as you prefer.
  5. You can eat it right away but it tastes best if you let it sit in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.


100 g of this creamy and refreshing salad have

  • 42 kcal
  • 4g protein
  • 5g carbohydrates
  • 0.3g fat

change it up

Instead of apple you could add ananas or mandarin slices. Pear may be too sweet but a good orange could work well too.

Of course you can omit the coriander if you do not like it, which I really do not understand but it may have something to do with genetics. If you are fancy, play around with other herbs: why not try mint, dill or parsley? None of them is in the original recipe but you should not fill restricted by tradition.

Walnuts are also often added to Waldorf salad and they give a nice crunch and earthy touch. We did not add them because we are cutting and did not have them at home. Talking about nuts, also roasted pistachios, hazelnuts or almonds could work but we never tried it.

If you do not have skyr any other firm yoghurt like greek yoghurt works well. Feel free to use whatever you like and your macros can afford. Wasabi gives a slight pungent taste but it’s optional. Alternatively you could use fresh grated horseradish or some dried or fresh chillies.

Feel free to use our recipe as an inspiration for your creation but do not forget to tell us in the comment section below! If you still need some advice how to create meals fitting your goals, feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to helping you.

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