October 16, 2011

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salad is a refreshing take on the typical salad dish and is made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise. You can serve this as itself or dress it on a bed of lettuce or lettuce cups, either way its surely a winner! The sweet and tarty apples, crunchy celery, nutty toasted walnuts wrapped up in thick creamy mayonnaise brings a perfect balance to the salad. 
An interesting fact: Waldorf salad was created at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 not by a chef but by the Dining Room Manager, Oscar Tschirky, and it was an instant success. The original version of this salad contained only apples, celery and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts later became an integral part of the dish.

Serves 4
1 lb (450 gm) - Red skinned Apples (cored and diced)
2 Tbsp - Fresh lime juice
4 - celery stalks (sliced)
1/2 C - Mayonnaise
1/3 C - Walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Toss the diced apples with lime juice. Add celery and mayonnaise and mix. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the walnuts. Serve chilled.
Tip and Notes
  • The acid in the lemon juice prevents the apples from turning brown.
  • The apple you use should be fresh and crisp to achieve optimum taste
  • You can add pomegranate or cranberry to this salad as garnish.


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