Lightened Waldorf Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette

Who doesn’t love a classic Waldorf salad? This lightened up version is bursting with flavor and good-for-you nutrients.

We replaced the mayonnaise with plain greek yogurt to add protein and creaminess. Barley is an ancient grain full of fiber and some protein. Walnuts provide a delicious crunch while also adding protein and heart-healthy fats.

This dish comes together quickly and makes a super satisfying, delicious side or a small meal on its own when served in lettuce cups or over salad greens.

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Dinner, Quick & Easy, Waldorf salad
The Greek yogurt in this vinaigrette adds some protein and creaminess. Barley is an ancient grain full of fiber and some protein.
Course Dinner, Quick & Easy, Salads
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian


  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 1 large Gala apple cut into 1/4 in dice
  • 2 stalks sliced celery
  • 1 cup halved seedless grapes
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
  • radicchio leaves chiffonade for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt


  • Cook barley according to package directions. Set aside to cool.
  • While the barley is cooking, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, oil, and Greek yogurt.
  • Add the vinaigrette to a large bowl and toss with the barley, apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. 
  • Serve and top with radicchio strands.
  • Enjoy!
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