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AIP Waldorf Salad

Louise | November 1
AIP Waldorf Salad #aip

If you eat the same salad every day, it’s easy to become bored. Fortunately, this AIP waldorf salad offers an amazingly unconventional lunch or dinner option.

Perhaps the signature feature of a traditional waldorf salad is its mayonnaise base. To make this version AIP-friendly, I created a homemade dressing that pairs nicely with apples, celery, and grapes.

Coconut Dressing

It’s waldorf gone tropical! This special dressing is made by combining coconut cream with lemon juice.

This combination may curdle on you at first, but if you’re bothered by that possibility go ahead and make a larger batch and emulsify it with a hand blender.

Lactose intolerant or just generally dairy-free folks are already wise to using coconut milk to make safe salad dressings. Now you can too!

Coconut Milk

You’ll get the coconut cream required for this recipe by taking it off the top of a container of coconut milk. If you’re not well versed in shopping for coconut milk, here are a few tips:

  • Look for BPA-free cans. A lot of coconut milk can be found in cans containing BPA, which has been linked to adverse health effects. Fortunately, there are BPA-free options.
  • Look for a short ingredient list. Stick to an option that only contains coconut and water.
  • Look out for added sweeteners. An unsweetened variety will still contain naturally occurring sugar, and it’s plenty sweet enough.

This AIP waldorf salad omits walnuts, but you can add some toasted desiccated coconut on top.

AIP Waldorf Salad #aip

AIP Waldorf Salad #aip

AIP Waldorf Salad

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 Tablespoons coconut cream (30 ml) (from the top of a can of refrigerated coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Granny Smith or another green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 10 grapes, halved
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped


  1. Make the AIP salad dressing by combining coconut cream and lemon juice. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Add the dressing to all the remaining ingredients and toss until evenly coated.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 141
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 0 g
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