grainy waldorf salad

While doing crunches at the gym today, I was interrupted by a tentative voice.

“Can I ask you a question?” said a slim woman stretched out beside me on the mat, a second-year student at the oldest. “Sure!” I responded, anticipating a question about form or my Lululemon tank top, as has happened before. “How many days a week do you work out?”


She proceeded to disclose her desire for more muscle definition, and I advised away until I the “you’re boring me” cloud came over her expression. Not that I’m an expert, I just love talking about this stuff. Plus, I have a few fellow nuts in my life who exacerbate the tendency to preach the gospel of health and fitness.

This little salad I whipped up from fridge remnants is for you, lady. It’s got protein and all the post-crunch crunch you need to get you through your afternoon.


I don’t usually post on things I throw together on everyday afternoons. Just because I’m a food blogger does not license me to share every morsel chewed and swallowed.  My readers have better things to do than hear about Finn Crisps spread with peanut butter, sardines straight from the tin, and numerous kefir smoothies. (Ok, that last one did get a post, but only because I’m evangelical about kefir!)

But sometimes random is best, as I’ve written about before. Random is beautiful, and when you start with good, wholesome ingredients, you really can’t go wrong.


Today’s creation was good enough to share, at least for inspirations’ sake. The cup or so of quinoa I’d cooked to use in these muffins was sitting neglected beside my eggs. I had two sticks of celery, a Macintosh apple that was looking to retire, and all kinds of other worthy additions hiding in my freezer and cupboards.

In went the chopped apple and celery. In went the dried cranberries and sunflower seeds. In went the red onion, salt, pepper, and drizzles of sherry vinegar. One bite revealed that no further tweaks were needed. I poured myself a glass of kombucha and settled into my writing.

So wherever you are, ab-girl, keep crunching. And squatting and lifting and curling. You’re already beautiful, but you deserve to be as strong and powerful as I know you can be.

4 thoughts on “grainy waldorf salad

  1. November 11, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Now this looks like something I can make! In fact, I think I have most of those ingredients in my fridge. I’ll be writing tomorrow while I munch on this, though I won’t have any kombucha to accompany it.

  2. Sheri Ward
    November 11, 2009 at 9:39 am

    What a great looking lunch! I will make it to take along tomorrow in my “eat clean” lunch cooler and maybe throw in some cooked chicken breast too. Looks great! Preach on, oh my daughter!!!

  3. November 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    This is such a lovely salad! I used to eat a lot more quinoa than I have been recently. I would love to try this recipe!

  4. January 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Well to be honest here, you guys were with me pikicng up the last few items I needed. I had already taken the big trip there to get most of the stuff I needed. But let it be known that Allison and her husband where with me at Whole Foods the night before I started to pick up the last few things I needed.