Friday, 3 June 2011

Banana Waldorf salad

This recipe was given to me years ago by my sister in law. It has become a regular feature of my barbecue fare, and is always a hit with guests. I have one (diabetic) friend who used to look forward to my arrival to bring and share barbecues, because he knew the salad was both delicious and safe for him to eat... even when most of the desserts were off-limits.

Since I have mentioned Jonathan and his diabetes, let me digress for a moment to say this:

As you already know, I love having guests over for dinner and, with the increasing incidence of diabetes these days, my guests will often include at least one person with diabetes. Diabetic friends tell me that hosts usually plump for fruit salad when it comes to dessert. I love fruit salad and consider it a perfectly acceptable dessert, but I imagine that, when it is the 'safe' thing that gets trotted out time after time by your dinner hosts, it could become a little tiring. So I always try to find interesting, diabetes-safe recipes for desserts. Some of those recipes will be making an appearance here in due course, but I'm no expert, so please don't expect me to specialise in recipes for people with any particular dietary needs. I would hate to mislead you!

Anyhoo... back to the Waldorf.

All quantities are 'some'. Find your own preferred balance of flavours. I suggest roughly equal volumes of the first four.

Apples, peeled, cored and cubed
Bananas, sliced
Celery, sliced
Seedless grapes, halved
Pecans, chopped
Mayonnaise, preferably a mild one

  • Mix all the ingredients (except the paprika) together.
  • Sprinkle paprika liberally over the top of the salad.
  • Make sure that it doesn't accidentally get placed with the desserts!

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