Waldorf salad is a type of salad traditionally made with apples, celery and walnuts dressed in mayonnaise served on top of lettuce. This dish was created by Oscar Tschirky during the 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Original recipe did not contain any nuts and was just added in 1928 when it appeared in the Rector Cook Book. Oscar was not a chef but he was the maitre d’hotel (the person in charge of assigning customers to tables) as Waldorf-Astoria and this was surprising knowing that he invented this salad alongside others popular dishess like Veal Oscar and Eggs Benedict. He also aided in the popularization of Thousand Island dressing and published a popular cookbook.
This simple salad recipe is my wife’s favourite in fact this is her recipe and that picture above was her creation. One thing I like with this recipe is that it does not have a strong mayonnaise greasy flavour as she added milk in the traditional recipe which thins the dressing while maintaining a creamy taste.
2 red apples, chopped
2/3 cup celery, sliced
2/3 cup toasted walnuts
1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
1/2 cup American Style or creamy mayonnaise
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
- In a bowl mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, milk, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Toss in apple, celery, walnuts and grapes.
- Serve on top of lettuce