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Apple Appetizers – A Cool, Crispy Alternative

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The weather isn’t exactly blazing hot right now, but I’m still on my using-the-stove-moratorium!  :)  And, I’m keeping my apple focus, even though my favorite area apple orchard (The Apple Hut in Beloit) isn’t open just yet.

It’s a great idea, given the health benefits of apples.  As the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association (WAGA) shares on its site, here are just a few of an apple’s benefits:

  • low in calories
  • excellent source of fiber that aids digestion and helps reduce cholesterol levels
  • high in potassium, but low in sodium
  • University studies show students eating apples regularly reported fewer headaches and illnesses associated with stress
  • are a natural toothbrush, as the juice cleans and freshens breath, teeth and gums

Those benefits alone gave me the urge to give up my boring cheese-and-cracker or veggies-and-dip appetizer ways for the summer.  My inspiration came from Jeff’s and my recent trip to New York City, as we walked through The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  The Waldorf Salad was first created there in the late 1890s.  I love the freshness of that simple salad – now made umpteen different ways by people.

So you might consider this a vintage recipe, but here’s a quick and easy way to enjoy Waldorf salad bites as a refreshing appetizer yet this summer!

Waldorf Salad Bites

Time:  15 minutes to chop and assemble

Serves:  4-6


Baby bib lettuce, with at least a dozen little leaves

1 apple (I used Gala), sliced into little chunks

3 celery stalks, cut into chunks

12 red grapes (for color), cut in half

24 walnut pieces

1 cup mayo

3 tsp. honey


Putting this together is easy.  Cut your apples, celery, grapes and nuts (if necessary).


Then clean your baby bib lettuce.  While it’s drying, whip together your mayo and honey.  There are many takes on the dressing, so feel free to be creative.  This is just a simple method to get appetizers together fast.

Your next step is assembly.  Arrange your lettuce pieces on a tray or platter, then add a chunk or two of each ingredient.  Don’t add too much; it will make it difficult for your guests to eat without spilling.  Then drizzle a teaspoonful of your dressing on top.  You’ve got a healthy,  reinvigorating appetizer!  Enjoy!

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