waldorf salad

An American classic, Waldorf salad has been served in fine restaurants for over a century. The simple, but elegant salad was originally composed of apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Walnuts were later included and are now considered a part of the signature salad. Oscar Tschirky, the maitre d’ hotel of New York City’s Waldorf Hotel is credited with creating the salad in the early 1890’s. Original recipes were first published as early as 1896. The popular salad can be found on restaurant menus around the world.

To make Waldorf salad at home, start with the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Choose a good eating apple, perhaps an heirloom variety. Most recipes require one or two apples, so the extra expense of picking up a firm, juicy specialty apple can make the salad even more delicious. Walnuts are a great addition to this salad, adding rich flavor and hearty texture. Raw walnuts can be incorporated into the dish or the walnuts can be spiced or seasoned with sugars and spices. Homemade dressing for this salad gives you the opportunity to play on the original idea and create delicious variations. The salad is often served on a bed or cup of lettuce.

WaldorfSalad.com presents several dozen salad recipes for this signature American classic. The salad is a perfect starter to any meal, or as a light lunch. The dressing can be easily lightened to reduce calories. Leftover salad can easily be added to diced turkey or chicken to make sandwich spread. The salad can get pricey to make if you desire to create something special, but can be very economical and a dish that can find its way on to the dining table more often than around the holidays. Waldorf salad is the perfect salad for any occasion.

Featured Recipe
Classic Waldorf Salad
Ingredients -
1/4 cup Light Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Vanilla Yogurt
2 teaspoons Granulated Sugar
2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Fuji Apples
2 large Stalks Celery
1/2 cup Almonds, slivered

1. Core, peel and dice the Fuji apples and dice the celery.

2. Add them to a medium serving bowl.

3. Stir in the slivered almonds.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, lemon juice, mayonnaise and yogurt.

5. Pour the mixture into the salad bowl and toss well to coat.

6. Chill for 2 to 4 hours.

7. Serve.

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