Waldorf Salad with Macadamia Blue Cheese

Raw Food Recipe Waldorf Salad


Serves 2 as a main course, 4 as a starter 


  • 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**

*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 F for 12 hours. When they are completely dried, roughly break them up by hand.

**Nut cheese recipes are available in my Raw Nut Cheese Recipes eBook (just fold in some spirulina to the basic macadamia cheese recipe). A ‘deeper dive’ into making raw nut cheeses and the actual macadamia blue cheese recipe can be found here.


  • 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 the 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. Toss, 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. This looks great sprinkled over the top.



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  1. Lauren c

    This is the first raw dressing I’ve made that I wasn’t super in love with. It was a bit better mixed in with the salad, but straight out of the vitamix it was a bit tart in a bad way, maybe too much apple cider? Surprising, I’m usually very into cider vinegar and strong tastes in general. Who knows, maybe I’m just getting sick and my taste buds are off

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  3. min

    hi Russell, made the Ceaser salad, wow it was wonderful! I did add some small tomatoes and diced cucumber. everyone loved it even hubby who doesn’t like lots of the raw dishes.

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  5. Helen Parkinson

    I have just bought the nut cheese recipe book expecting it to have the blue cheese recipe in it but it does not. It doesn’t even have just a plan macadamia nut cheese in it.

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  7. Kirsten

    Thanks for the recipe Russell, just made this for dinner – didn’t have any grapes so used an avocado instead mmm mmm

  8. Deirdre Braddock

    You had a special going for a while such that someone on a budget could name their own price for the DVD set. When will you offer that again?

    • Russell James

      Hi Deirdre, thanks for asking – it wasn’t a special offer so much as a trial, which I currently don’t have any plans on doing again right now.  I still do that on my eBooks though http://therawchef.com/rawfood-ebook.html

  9. Chefalyssa

    Looks amazing Russell thanks! Where can I find the recipe for the mac nut blue cheese? I bought your cheese e-book, which I love..but I don’t recall that recipe on there…

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