Thursday, September 2, 2010

134. Waldorf Salad, Simply Good

Waldorf salad was created in the late 1800s at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. The  maître d, Oscar Tschirky, is credited with creating this simple, yet inspired recipe. According to some sources, the original recipe did not contain nuts; it was simply diced apples and celery mixed with a good mayonnaise. The fresh flavors of this salad became so popular that Cole Porter featured it in his song, You're the Top.

 I remember my mother making Waldorf Salad. I just loved the crunch of the celery and the apple together and the walnuts she put in just added to the eating fun. Marshmallows were another ingredient that my mother added to her recipe for Waldorf Salad...certainly a bonus for a kid with a sweet tooth!

My version of the salad contains a little lemon juice to help keep the apples from turning brown; it also adds a little zip to the flavors. Other Waldorf recipes call for the addition of raisins or cut up grapes. Whatever you use, keep the mixture simple and use the best ingredients. I will only use Hellmann's mayonnaise...you can never go wrong using the best!

All of the ingredients are 'to taste'...it is not a recipe that requires measuring. Do not make more than will be used up in a 24 hour period. Waldorf salad does not keep well. In spite of adding lemon, the apples will eventually start to brown and the nuts will soften. In other words, it is best used within a few hours after assembly.



Waldorf Salad






Crisp apples  (fugi, red delicious)

Celery
1 tsp lemon juice
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
Miniature marshmallows

Walnuts or pecans

Core apples, (do not peel),  and cut into small cubes;  add lemon juice, mix. Chop celery and add to apples. Mix in enough mayo to coat evenly. Add marshmallows and chopped nuts, to taste. Mix well. Refrigerate.

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