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Apple Cherry Salad With Pecans

A lighter, reduced-fat mayonnaise keeps the fat under control. © iStockphoto.com/Cappi Thompson A lighter, reduced-fat mayonnaise keeps the fat under control. © iStockphoto.com/Cappi Thompson
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This nutrient-rich version of the Apple Waldorf Salad contains more apples (with the skin on for increased nutrients and fiber) and the latest superfood fruit: dried cherries. Dried tart cherries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Scientific research indicates that they may provide anti-inflammatory properties, help control diabetes and reduce heart disease and cancer risk. A lighter, reduced-fat mayonnaise keeps the fat under control.

Makes about 12 cups (1 cup servings)

Ingredients
4 large Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1¼ cups dried tart cherries
1 cup thinly sliced celery
½ cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions
1.  Mix chopped apples with lemon juice and lemon zest in large bowl.

2.  Add cherries, celery and red onion; toss.

3.  Mix in light mayonnaise.

4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

5.  Add chopped pecans right before serving; stir well.

Nutrition information (per serving)
Calories: 200
Protein: 1g (2%)
Carbohydrate: 31g (62%)
Fat: 8g (36%)
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 3mg
Sodium: 90mg
Calcium: 21mg
Iron: 0.5mg
Vitamin A: 350 IU
Vitamin C: 6mg
Fiber: 4g

Kim Galeaz is an Indianapolis-based registered dietitian and owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications. As a freelance culinary-nutrition consultant, she has worked with many companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, The Kroger Company and Weider Publications, to help position and promote smart and healthy food, beverage and lifestyle choices.

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