Better Than Waldorf : A Main Dish Salad - Paleo, AIP, Whole 30
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Waldorf Salad - who doesn't love it? This Paleo AIP version adds bacon, avocado, cauliflower florets and chicken breast to the classic apple and celery base, making it a complete meal in itself, and wonderfully satisfying.
Recipe type: Vegetables, Salads and Sides
This fits: Paleo, AIP, Whole 30
Serves: 2 - 4
  • 1 cup cauliflour florets
  • 100 grams bacon diced into 1cm / ½ inch squares
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 200 grams chicken breast diced into 1cm / ½ inch cubes
  • 1 apple, cut into 1cm / ½ inch cubes (1½ cups)
  • 2 - 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced (1½ cups)
  • 1 large perfectly ripe avocado, cut into 1cm / 1½ inch cubes
  • 1 / 2 lemon, juiced + extra wedges for serving
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground iodised coarse sea salt
  1. Bring half a litre of lightly salted water to the boil. Blanch the cauliflower florets: add them to the water and when it returns to the boil, set the timer for 2 minutes. When the timer sounds, drain the florets and rinse them under cold water until they've cooled completely.
  2. Heat a frypan over a low heat and fry the bacon. When crispy, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent kitchen towel. Drain the excess oil from the pan and wipe clean with another sheet of absorbent kitchen towel.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil to the pan and warm over a low heat. Add the cubes of chicken breast and cook through, stirring every half minute until the edges are golden. Take off the heat and allow to cool completely.
  4. Place the apple, celery, avocado, cauliflower florets, bacon and chicken into a large bowl. Pour over the lemon juice, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with a few grindings of sea salt, and toss lightly to combine all ingredients.
  5. Serve generous portions in large salad bowls. Have the bottles of olive oil and vinegar, the salt grinder and extra lemon wedges in the centre of the table for further seasoning.
  6. Enjoy!
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