Non traditional Waldorf Salad

Yes, I remember my mom making Waldorf Salad. I wanted to like it... really I did. And I came close. But it wasn't until I came up with this version of Waldorf Salad that everything fell into place.

First of all... not walnuts, pecans! PECANS! Oh how I love them! So pour some on a cutting board and chop them. They're awesome! (maybe 3/4 cup... a cup? who measures?)

Now, Celery. I love it! But again, I don't like the overwhelming crunch. No. So I shave them thin on the Mandolin! Maybe 3-4 ribs of celery.

Apples. I like Fuji apples in this. I like honey-crisp apples. I've even used granny smiths. I use at least 3-4 apples. Again... I'm not much for measuring.I mandolin these also but not as thinly as the celery.

Then I throw 2 handfuls of craisins on top of the pile. Then the zest of two limes and the juice of half of one. (maybe the juice of a whole lime if it's not very juicy. Toss.

Then take about 1.5-2 cups of whipping cream (cool whip in a pinch)... add a very small dollop of light mayo (I know, but it keeps the salad from getting runny), maybe a tablespoon or a little more, then add about 2 tbsp sugar... Combine and add to the apple mixture. Stir together and let sit for at least 10 minutes before tasting.

Let the apples and lime essence do a happy dance across your tongue... Embrace the crispy apple, the woodsy nuts and the chewy craisins....

Celebrate!