The nuttiness of the steel-cut oats adds a great twist to traditional Waldorf Salad. Rinsing the oats removes excess starch on the outside of the grains, preventing them from becoming too sticky.
1 cup steel-cut oats, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith apple (about 1 large)
1 1/2 cups torn radicchio
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
How to Make It
Combine oats, 1 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 7 minutes (do not stir) or until liquid almost evaporates. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Place oats in a medium bowl, and let stand for 10 minutes.
Combine walnuts, honey, and red pepper in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until nuts are fragrant and honey is slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally.
Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, olive oil, vinegar, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add dressing, apple, radicchio, and grapes to oats; toss well. Place 1 1/2 cups oat mixture on each of 4 plates, and top each serving with about 3 tablespoons walnut mixture and 2 tablespoons blue cheese.
I enjoyed this even more on day 2 when the oats softened up a bit more. My only huge complaint is - yikes the calories for 1 cup!!?? But I will make this again. I think if I were to serve it to guests, I'd replace the radicchio with bagged chopped cabbage and then serve it using the radicchio as a cup on the plate to hold it. It would be very pretty that way.
I love steel cut oats and eat them almost daily for breakfast as an oatmeal dish. I haven't tried this dish yet but look forward to it. However, I cannot imagine the oats being cooked enough in just 7 minutes. Will this be enough time to get the oats to chewable stage?
I made this for a party this weekend, and it got RAVE reviews from the party guests. I sent out the recipe to several people after the party! Everyone was amazed at the combination of steel-cut oats with a waldorf salad. So nutty, flavorful, and healthy! And it was the first time I had used steel-cut oats and am now so excited to introduce this into our food repertoire! Such a great alternate to rice, quinoa and couscous. Thanks for the great recipe, CL!
I made this exactly as written and it was wonderful. I cooked it last night and put it in the fridge for lunch today - just kept the cheese and walnuts separate. It held up great. The oats are quite chewy - I liked them that way, but I could see making this with other grains as well (quinoa or brown rice, maybe) if you don't.