Honeycrisp & Carrot Waldorf Salad #brunchweek

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Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen! Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.

We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week. Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

I’m happy to be blogging for Brunch Week once again! As for me, I’m not much of a breakfast person. It’s usually me eating lunch early and calling it “Brunch.” I’ve even been known to eat left-over Chinese food for breakfast. 🙂

Let’s talk Waldorf Salad. It’s one of those fruit salads that’s perfect for brunch.

THEN: A traditional Waldorf salad is composed of  apples, mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, celery, broken nuts, and dark raisins.

NOW: Today we are twisting up the classic salad by using the now famed Honeycrisp apple (Oh my heart belongs to the sweetness of Honeycrisp), instead of the traditional tart Granny Smith. Honeycrisp apples were first produced in 1960 when the macoun and honeygold apple were cross-pollinated in a University of Minnesota breeding program, but it wasn’t until 1991 that the apple was made available to the consumer.



We give vanilla yogurt in place of most of the mayonnaise, but we keep a little of the mayo for flavor, as it would not be a true Waldorf without it.

To really spring it together we are updating the recipe by using shredded carrots.  There are times when you need to buy whole carrots and grate them fresh, however there are other instances when using pre-shredded carrots compliment the recipe better, such as in this case.  You see, if we were to grate a whole carrot, the orange-colored juice would bleed into the base of our clean white salad, and that wouldn’t be pretty. Plus, the shredded carrots are crunchy, not to mention effortless! Thank you Grimmway Farms for the tasty box of carrots you sent for Brunch Week!~


The sweet apple, crispy carrot, and creamy yogurt in this salad, would pair tasty with a BLT, or a fresh turkey breast sandwich on tender bread.


Honeycrisp & Carrot Waldorf Salad
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Serves: 4-6
  • 3 Honeycrisp apples, cored and diced in chunks
  • 1¼ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Kraft Mayo
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup Grimmway Farms shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup California walnuts (not the black ones), chopped
  1. Stir together in a medium bowl the yogurt, mayo, and salt. Add apples, raisins, carrots, celery and walnuts. Chill for one hour before serving.


Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity during Brunch Week. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about them all and what you can possibly win!


Prize #1: Bob’s Red Mill is giving one lucky winner a variety of flours, baking mixes, grains, a cookbook, Bob’s Red Mill tote bag, whisk, spatula, scale and Bob’s Red Mill gift card.

About Bob’s Red Mill: Trust, honesty and integrity. The three principles their business is built on. Their packaging is a great example of this commitment: clear bags that let you see the high quality of every one of their products. By producing the very best in whole grain foods, they are able to fulfill their commitment to help look after more and more people through better nutrition.


Prize #2: OXO is giving one lucky winner a prize pack containing the following OXO tools to host a successful brunch: Egg Beater, Flip & Fold Omelet Turner, 3-in-1 Egg Separator, Batter Dispenser, Mini Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner, Batter Bowl, Medium Silicone Spatula, 4 piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set, Muddler, Angled Measuring Jigger.

About OXO: OXO’s mission is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier.



Prize #3: California Walnuts is giving one lucky winner a 14 cup Cuisinart Food Processor.

About California Walnuts: The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The board is funded by mandatory assessment of the handers and the California Walnut Commission, established in 1987 isfunded by mandatory assessments of the growers.



Prize#4: Grimmway Farms is giving one lucky winner a 5-speed, 5 attachment Kitchenaid Immersion Blender. Perfect to chop and shred fresh carrots, whip up a smoothie or blend a carrot soup. Some fresh carrots will be included to practice with.

About Grimmway Farms: The story of Grimmway began in 1968, when brothers Rod and Bob Grimm set up a roadside produce stand and planted that would blossom into today’s Grimmway Farms. Grimmway has become one of the largest growers, producers andshippers of fresh and processed carrots in the world. They are the leading supplier of organic produce with 75+ organic product offerings.



Prize #5: Baloian Farms is giving one lucky winner a Calphalon Unison Sear Nonstick 13” Wok, plus some fresh veggies to practice with.

About Baloian Farms: Since, 1917, Baloian Farms, a family operated business which includes 4 generations of Baloian leadership, has been growing premium fresh fruit and vegetables. Today, Baloian Farms has become one of the largest growers, producers and shippers of fresh bell peppers on the West coast.


Prize #6: Woot Froot is giving one lucky winner a Nostalgia Electrics Margarita Maker. Perfect for brunch drinks or slushies during the summer. They will also be sending some freshly sliced, peaches and nectarines to practice with.

About Woot Froot: The story of Woot Froot begins 25 years ago, when owner Kim & Eric Gaarde began their careers in the peach and nectarine business working for farmers. They learned the business and were content, but one day a simple question changed it all. “Why isn’t anybody doing fresh-cut peaches and nectarines?” People told Kim it was impossible and she didn’t accept the answer, so she left her job and started her own R&D company to find out. After many years of research and, trial and error Woot Froot freshly cut peaches and nectarines were created!


Prize #7: Dixie Crystals | Pure  Cane Sugar is giving one lucky winner an assortment of sugar and a branded apron to wear while cooking their brunch week recipes.

About Dixie Crystals: Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results.


Prize #8: Whole Foods Orlando is giving two lucky winners gifts baskets. The first Morning Mimosa Basket contains: Authentic French Brioche, 365 Everyday Value™ Maple Syrup, 365 Everyday Value™ Organic Cinnamon, a Whisk. Allegro® Breakfast Blend Coffee, a bottle of Prosecco, 365 Everyday Value™ Orange Mango Juice. Whole Foods Market Champagne flutes (2). Micro Plane and a Medium Mixing Bowl. The second Breakfast-in-Bed Basket contains: 365 Everyday Value™ Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, 365 Everyday Value™ Pancake Mix, 365Everyday Value™ Organic Fruit & Nut Granola, a French Press, Allegro® Breakfast Blend Coffee, Friordifrutta™ Wild Lingonberry & Rose Hip Fruit Spread, Allegro® Organic Breakfast Blend Tea, Allegro® Organic Northwest Minty Green Tea, Allegro® Coffee Cup, a Mixing Bowl and a Whisk.


Prize #9: Bonne Maman is giving five lucky winners a jams and jellies prize pack.

About Bonne Maman: Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies, produced in France, are all-natural, with no artificial coloring, no high fructose corn syrup or no preservatives added. Everything in Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies could easily be found in your Grandmother’s kitchen cabinet.


Wait! There is still more to giveaway! Join us Thursday, May 8th from 7pm to 8pm EST for our twitter chat where you will have a chance to win 3 additional jam and jelly packs from Bonne Maman, 1 pack of premium Washington apples from Stemilt Growers and this gorgeous mandolin from Vidalia Onions.

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California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing the prizes free of charge. I have received product related to these brands to use for #Brunchweek. All opinions stated are my own.

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