Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/ Wonderful Machine; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
26 Mins
Total Time
26 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salad)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Ratings & Reviews


August 31, 2015
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.

"Ceege's Review"

March 14, 2015
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? 

ajvinande's Review

August 23, 2014

sukeedog's Review

March 22, 2014

Foodporncess's Review

October 29, 2011
This is my new favorite breakfast. It's hearty enough to hold me to lunch. I just cut the portion size a little and don't eat it on the arugula.

ncchick11's Review

October 10, 2011
Substituted feta since I'm not a blue cheese fan and it was perfect!

mermaidenseas's Review

September 05, 2011
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!

tbarwell's Review

August 25, 2011

clnr42's Review

August 25, 2011
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.

rosielucchesini's Review

August 22, 2011