Waldorf Salad with Macadamia Blue Cheese

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Crispy, succulent greens of romaine, watercress, celery and parsley combine eloquently with the sweet crunch of fresh apples and grapes and a healthy dose of omega 3 rich walnuts. This salad is then lightly dressed with a creamy cold pressed olive oil, cashew, and mustard vinaigrette. Vastly nutritious and an incredible marriage of flavors and textures this salad will definitely WOW you (as any recipe from Chef Russel James will!)!


1 large head of romaine lettuce or other favourite lettuce

2 small handfuls of watercress

1 cup mixed seedless grapes, cut in half

1 apple, diced

2 sticks celery, finely diced

1 cup walnuts, roughly broken up*

1 small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley

Optional: A few good chunks of macadamia cheese**

For the Dressing

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup cashews (soaked for 20 minutes), or 1/4 cup almond butter

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

3 or 4 turns of black pepper



1) Tear the lettuce and watercress by hand and transfer to a bowl with your grapes and celery.

2) Chop the tough stalks off the parsley and then finely chop the leaves, adding them to your bowl.

3) Put all the dressing ingredients, along with the parsley stalks into a blender and blend until smooth.

4) Put enough dressing into the bowl, so that all the leaves are lightly covered. When tossed together, add the walnuts and toss the salad lightly again.

5) Transfer to your serving plates and then finish with a little of the macadamia blue cheese. If you don’t have the macadamia blue cheese, a quick macadamia Parmesan recipe can be made by grating 1/2 cup unsoaked macadamias on a Microplane and mixing in 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt, which looks great sprinkled over the top.



*As an optional step with the walnuts, you can soak them for 20 minutes, then drain and rinse, followed by a toss in 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon fine Himalayan salt. Then dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 hours. When they are completely dried, roughly break them up by hand.

Please check out Russel James' Raw Nut Cheese Recipes eBook found on his website http://www.therawchef.com for exact Macadamia Blue Cheese recipe




Russel JamesAbout Russel James

orn in the south of England Russell spent most of his teens and early to mid 20s working in various jobs such as fast food restaurants, manager in a supermarket and as a driving instructor. It wasn’t until the age of 28 in 2004 when he was in Koh Samui, Thailand, doing a fast to clear up the skin problem that had developed during his time at the fast food restaurant that he discovered raw food. He quickly got excited about the vibrancy and creativity of raw foods and the health benefits they bring. Spurred on by the fact that he’d never heard of raw food and with a desire to bring it into mainstream awareness in a way that is fun and modern, he set about following his passion, at first as a hobby. Whilst posting pictures of his food on his blog people started to notice and comment on how great his food looked. Russell discovered techniques and a natural ability to create beautiful raw recipes from widely available ingredients and started teaching people in his local area. News spread and Russell soon found himself teaching people from all over the UK and even people from other countries in Europe and the US, who would travel to come and be taught by him. It quickly became clear to Russell that his passion was to bring raw foods to anyone that was excited about it and needed the technical knowledge to make it work. Russell has taught thousands of people world-wide about raw foods, both through his blog, live classes and his recently released homestudy DVD course. He is currently guest instructor in residence at 105degrees in Oklahoma City, USA. As well as his instruction at 105degrees he continues to inspire people through his website, blog and eZine. Russell’s passion is to show you that far from feeling restricted on a raw food diet you have an abundance of options, whether that being eating raw sandwiches all week or putting on a show-stopping dinner party for friends.

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