The infamous Waldorf Salad. It’s a fancy salad…not your typical side of greens. Prepare this side dish for special occasions, holidays or anytime guests are coming for dinner. It’s crunchy, creamy, light and refreshing. This recipe is my rendition of the original…created years ago in the kitchen of the grand Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Growing up, we would stay at the Waldorf when my dad attended medical conferences. Located on Park Avenue in downtown Manhattan, my mother, brother and I would ramble all over the city while Dad attended his meetings. We’d walk down 5th Avenue and window shop, stroll through Central Park and maybe catch a Broadway Play. I remember seeing Yul Brynner in The King and I, but my all time favorite was seeing Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan.
Ahhh…good memories of a simpler time.
- 1 Head Bibb lettuce
- 2-3 Crisp apples, like Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith, preferably in colors of red, green and yellow
- 1 1/2 Tbls fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 Cup Golden raisins, or red seedless grapes sliced in half
- 2 Stalks celery, cut on the diagonal in 1/2″ pieces
- 1/2 Cup mayonnaise, or Greek yogurt (for a healthier version)
- 1 Tbls chopped fresh chive
- 1 Tbls minced onion
- 2 Tbls sour cream
- 1 Tbls minced flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 Tsp sugar, or honey
- 3/4 Tsp finely grated lemon zest
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3/4 Cup toasted walnut halves, or pecans if you are allergic to walnuts
⇒ Spread nuts on a cookie sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and chop. Toasted nuts will add a wonderful richness and crunch to your Waldorf Salad..it’s a must.
- Core and cut the apples (with peel on) into 3/4″ pieces
- In a bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, celery and walnuts (or pecans).
- In another bowl, whisk the mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), chives, sour cream, parsley, sugar (or honey)and lemon zest together. Add the black pepper, to taste.
- Add this mixture to to the apple mixture and stir to combine. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Arrange the lettuce on 6 individual plates and top with scoops of the salad mixture.
⇒ You can always make this into a meal by adding sliced grilled chicken or turkey. For a meal, the perfect presentation would be to arrange the Waldorf Salad on a large platter, placed in the middle of the table and served “family style”…simply delicious.
As always, I look forward to your feedback and comments. Have a particular dish you’d love to prepare but aren’t sure how? Let me know and I’ll help find the recipe for you.