When I like a meal, I make it over and over again. I had spied this recipe over at Just the Food and knew that I’d be a fan of those beautiful chopped waldorf wraps. Apples, dried cranberries and nuts? Yes, please. I love a good waldorf salad and I’ll admit that I was attracted to the wrap idea. Salad sandwiches are okay by me! So I made the recipe with a few changes. I subbed in cabbage for the Romaine lettuce, yogurt for sour cream, and made the teeny-tiny substitution of black sesame seeds instead of poppy seeds (I used what I had on hand). The wraps were delicious and my husband and I didn’t hesitate to eat up seconds (& maybe even thirds). The dressing was creamy and tangy and slightly sweet from the fresh orange juice and worked perfectly with the crunch of the cabbage.
A few days later, I made the salad again and then again, even. Three times in about a week, so you know that this recipe is tested and approved. This recipe is flexible and once when I didn’t have an orange for the dressing, I just subbed in some lime juice and a little spicy mango chutney and it was still delicious. The recipe originally calls for pecans, but I ended up liking toasted almonds best – and I’m sure walnuts or hazelnuts would go nicely here too. As for the yogurt, I would suggest sticking with greek yogurt because it’s so thick (this is a wrap after all, and you don’t want things to get too runny), but if you don’t have any on hand, just strain your yogurt with a coffee filter for a few hours or overnight which will result in a lovely thick greek-like yogurt. Gluten free? Eat the salad & forget about the wrap.
chopped waldorf wraps
(adapted from Just the Food)
1/2 c mayonnaise (or soy mayonnaise)
1/2 c 0% greek yogurt (or strained soy yogurt)
juice of 1 large orange
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cabbage head, shredded & chopped
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped into small cubes
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 c toasted pecans or almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 c dried cranberries
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
4-6 large whole wheat tortillas
In a small jar, combine the dressing ingredients and give everything a good shake. Set aside.
Combine the cabbage, apple, celery, and onion into a large bowl and toss well. Pour dressing over salad, add in the nuts, cranberries and sesame seeds and give everything a final toss.
Add a couple large spoonfuls (at least a cup or so) of the salad into the middle of the tortilla and roll tightly, like a burrito: bottom folds up first and then tightly wrap up the sides. Wrap in parchment if you like to seal in the drips. Or skip the wrap and just eat as a salad because both ways are very delicious.
That sounds and looks good! Some leftover rotisserie chicken in there would be good too I bet.
I love it when you find a great recipe that you just keep making over and over again…its like falling in love with a CD and you just can’t stop! Then when you do stop, a few months later you come back to it and are thrilled all over again! I like the sub of cabbage, I’m always trying to find new ways to add cabbage into our diet…do you think some warm chicken in the wraps would be good too?
Mmmm…I wish this were my lunch. I’ll have to make that happen 🙂
This is making me hungry for a second lunch.
I absolutely LOVE waldorf salads… And I love even more that you turned this into a delicious sandwich!!
did you ever try those spicy & sweet pecans from Trader Joe’s? OMG you have to, they are fabulous in chicken salads!!
The waldorf is one of the more perfect salads with the fabulous mix of sweet and salty and all of the different textures. I love it in wrap form.
I have everything but the sesame seeds in my house. Making this for lunch – sounds fantastic. Thanks!
Anything with dried cranberries is okay by me! But I really love this idea for lunch because it seems at once light *and* satisfying. I’m not into the food-coma-after-lunch thing. 🙂
SusieBee & Eva, yes I think shredded chicken (warm or cool) would be AMAZING here! Yum.
Nicole, you can do it 🙂
Tracy, nothing is better than a second lunch! Ha.
Thanks Sues, I think so too.
VanillaSugar, no trader joe’s in Canada sadly, but I’d love to try them next time I’m state-side. Thanks for the tip.
Yes, totally Joanne! Thanks.
Brenda, even without the seeds this will be delicious. I’m positive.
Yay, me too Maddie! It is pretty filling and totally satisfying, I was surprised that I’d get full up on salad.
Yum! I love different types of salads that can be used as sandwich fillings. All those flavours and textures sound delicious!
I have never tasted a Waldorf salad before but based on your description and how often you’ve eaten this salad, I think it’s time for me to try this out. Your dressing sounds superb!
I have an apple and celery combo obsession right now….what a serendipitous blog post! I’m hungry just thinking about it.
Thanks Susan, they most definitely are delicious.
Bijoux, waldorfs are delicious! Try one and the dressing here is really really good.
Looks like a fateful post for you then, La Gourmandesse 🙂
OMG this looks so yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!
We just made this for dinner and YUM! Used sprouted grain tortillas, toasted almonds, and added some shredded chicken. This is definitely going in the rotation. Thanks for the recipe!
Cat, so glad you enjoyed it!
Wow, this is such a great idea! I love Waldorf salad, I bet the wrap is delicious. Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks Kate, it’s a good one 🙂
I’ve been wanting to make a waldorf salad at home for a while and I love that this is in a wrap! Wraps are definitely a favourite.