Arugula and Quinoa Waldorf Salad with Creamy Orange Basil Vinaigrette

Waldorf Quinoa Arugula Salad

A fresh Waldorf inspired salad that’s quick to throw together and easy to customize to fit your macros.  Add as much of each item as you like but my amounts (for the macros listed) are in parentheses.



For the Salad:

  • 23 cups arugula or mixed greens (115 g)
  • Chopped celery (30 g)
  • Halved cherry tomatoes (80 g)
  • Chopped apple (30 g)
  • Thinly sliced or chopped red onion (20 g)
  • Reduced fat blue cheese (10 g)
  • Cooked quinoa (I buy the already cooked from Costco! Makes it so easy.) (60 g)
  • Grilled chicken (100 g)
  • Marcona Almonds (Trader Joe’s Rosemary Thyme ones are amazing- any favorite nut will do) (10 g)
  • 23 tbs homemade Creamy Orange Basil Vinaigrette (I did 40 g)

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar (or white balsamic will work)
  • 2 tbs fat free greek yogurt (30 g)
  • 1 tbs grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs chopped shallot
  • 2 tbs fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch of salt and big pinch of pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 23 tbs fresh chopped basil

*(Just a recipe reminder, if you import (or copy) this dressing recipe into MFP, if you weigh your final product, then put that weight as the number of servings in your recipe, you’ll be able to log however many grams you use as opposed to estimating or trying to use exactly 1/3 etc.)


  1. Whisk first 7 dressing ingredients together.  Then slowly add oil while whisking. Stir in basil.
  2. OR shake it all in a jar!  Mine made 135 grams of dressing so I used almost 1/3.
  3. Toss all salad ingredients with 40 g of dressing.  If you need more but don’t have the macros to spare, squeeze more fresh orange juice or lemon juice in there.
  4. Finish with a sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.


I loved this dressing but feel like it needs a disclaimer.  Dressing always tastes better with MORE OLIVE OIL! At least I think so. But I’ve learned it’s not worth it to me to spend that much fat in my dressings now that I count macros, so I’ve developed a love for more acidic dressings. If you’re not into that, feel free to use your favorite bottled dressing!  One that pairs well is Trader Joe’s Champaign Pear Vinaigrette. And still I love to use a Tbs of that and stretch it with some fresh squeezed lemon.