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We have a lot to be thankful for at — including that our network has grown to an amazing 2,200 Leaders and nearly 200,000 Supporters. As a thank you, we wanted to share one of our favorite healthy recipes to add to your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy!

Carrot Apple Walnut Salad


1 bag of shredded carrots
1 cup of raisins
2 cups of cubed swiss cheese
2 cups of crushed walnuts or pecans
1 apple (tart, like a granny smith) sliced thin
1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinaigrette (more or less depending on your taste)
Salt, to taste


Prepare all of the ingredients. Cube the swiss cheese, crush the walnuts and peel/core/slice the apples. Then, combine all these ingredients plus the carrots and raisins in a big mixing bowl.

Pour Balsamic Vinaigrette on the top and mix well.

Add more if you like extra flavor… less, if you’d like to cut calories. Add a pinch of salt, to taste. Enjoy!


Submitted by Laurie Wells (not verified) on
May I suggest you also consider how excess fat can also be a hinderence to weight loss. Your recipe might give an option for low fat cheese. I'd also cut the raisens by 1/2 as they are high in sugar, although it is natural-still high on the glycemic index. All in all , in the right direction.

Submitted by LaQuetta (not verified) on
This recipe sounds absolutely delicious!! I know my son and I will truly enjoy this recipe!! Thank you!!

Submitted by Ivelisse (not verified) on
Love salads!

Submitted by markgil (not verified) on
there is nothing healthy about swiss cheese or any other kind of dairy products. it is a real shame that an organization combating obesity and promoting health would be supporting any kind of animal products.

Submitted by Healthy Vegan (not verified) on
Cheese? In a healthy salad? Are you serious?

Submitted by Suzan (not verified) on
Then take out the cheese! Promise the "cheese police" won't get you!

Submitted by schmoose (not verified) on
Are you serious? It's for Thanks giving. Enjoy the cheese and the nuts!

Submitted by Beth in Hawaii (not verified) on
Raisins are high calorie but go well with carrots. I agree that you should remove swiss cheese from a healthy salad (both to limit calorie intense dairy and be animal friendly). Why not add pineapple chunks instead? Or avocado chunks (high calorie but a healthy lipid profile). Thanks for letting us reply and share.

Submitted by Karen Christian (not verified) on
Nice twist on a classic. I would replace the cheese & balsamic with yougurt. Shame on the posts from "food Nazis"!

Submitted by Jenifer (not verified) on
I'll definitely be trying this! I'm not a cheese-phobe but I might sprinkle some feta cheese instead of Swiss.

Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch's picture
<p>Thanks to everybody for the thoughtful comments on our recipe. As you can imagine, it&#39;s tough to pick a recipe that suits everyone&#39;s needs. For those of you concerned about the cheese, the recipe is still delicious without any cheese! Feel free to modify it as needed to suit your needs. Have a wonderful holiday! -<em>Elizabeth</em></p>

Submitted by Reina (not verified) on
Hi, Thank you very much for the recipe and for updating me on the progress we have made. I love to hear these things. Keep up the great work. Reina

Submitted by Rev. Robin Lostetter (not verified) on
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, could we be a bit kinder toward each other? I'm vegetarian, wishing I had what it takes to be vegan, for reasons of animal welfare. Vegans know, & their obvious good health shows, that dairy is not necessary to our diet. But for human welfare, could we be a bit more tolerant of others' food choices? I know ethical vegans may sound extreme, but you might too, if you considered the consequences of every bite of food you took. And those who enjoy or count on cheese in their diet (myself included) still live in a free country where we can make that choice. We grow into making better choices through learning, not scolding or name-calling.

Submitted by Christopher O'Loughlin (not verified) on
Shredded fresh organic carrots and granny smith apple same small size. Raisons are already the perfect salad size. Crushed the pecan halves in plastic bag with a coffee cup. Swiss cheese is required for my holiday treat. Orange champagne Vinegrette dressed covered and in the fridge to chill for dinner. Thank you Elizabeth.

Submitted by Maria Houser Conzemius (not verified) on
For heaven's sake, lighten up! It's possible to find low-fat swiss cheese. New Pioneer Coop sells it in Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa. It's a healthy recipe with or without regular swiss cheese. Stop carping, make it, and enjoy.

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