Apple Salad

    Is anyone ready for a nice breakfast salad? When anticipating a whole morning of baking and taste testing it seems like a good idea for forego cereal and baked goods for breakfast. Not one to fuss for hours over a meal very often (birthdays and holidays the exceptions) fruit salad is a favorite. Recipes that are adaptable to any meal make life in the kitchen a bit less complicated and this one that combines apple with celery (my well-known obsession) and toasted nuts (for protein) is a big favorite.

Ingredients (per serving):
1 apple, washed, cored and diced
1 stalk of celery with leaves, washed and diced
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted lightly in the microwave (or your favorite nut)
1/2 tablespoon gluten-free mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 – 2 teaspoons sugar *optional (I used a no-calorie substitute)
A few drops of vanilla
A sprinkle of allspice

Directions:
1. Dump all of the prepared ingredients into a serving bowl (if only for one) or a mixing bowl to hold a larger batch. Stir well to combine evenly.
2. Cover tightly and store in the fridge until needed. Or just stir your one serving and enjoy as a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

Note: Thanks to the lemon juice this keeps longer than usual without the apples turning dark. Add more goodies like raisins, cranberries, romaine and/or parsley to create a larger meal with a wider range of nutrients.
Mom

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