Ordinarily, and classically, Waldorf Salad might have grapes. However, the tang of cranberries that have been plumped up with grape juice brings this recipe to a whole new level. And when lemon curd is added and you present this holiday side dish in a mini-pumpkin, you will be handing out this recipe to everyone who asks . . . unless, that is, you decide to just keep it in the family!
- 3 mini pumpkins
- 1/2 cup 100% grape juice
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 2 apples
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
- 2 tablespoons minced celery
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, pecans or slivered almonds
- 1 Cut the stem ends of each pumpkin off.
- 2 With a spoon, dig out stringy flesh and seeds; set aside.
- 3 Place grape juice, cranberries and raisins in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- 4 Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
- 5 Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
- 6 When ready, peel, core and dice apple to equal about 2 cups total; set aside.
- 7 In a small bowl, whisk the lemon curd, mayonnaise and Chinese 5-spice powder; set aside.
- 8 Strain cranberries and raisins if all the liquid has not been absorbed and discard liquid.
- 9 Add to a bowl with apple, celery, walnuts and mayonnaise mixture.
- 10 Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before evenly dividing among the prepared pumpkins and serving cold.