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The Original Waldorf Salad

This classic salad is thought to be the invention of Oscar Tschirky, the maitre d' of the Waldorf Hotel when it opened in New York in 1893.

After the salad became famous and copied in other establishments, it was embellished, most famously with chopped walnuts, and also with grapes. It is sometimes served over salad leaves, and in recent years it has become common for the dressing to be yogurt based - usually beaten with egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard and / or a little light oil.
 
 

Ingredients

Serves 2

2 apples
2 sticks of celery
2 dessert spoons of mayonnaise (look out for brands made with free-range eggs)


Optional additional ingredients include a handful of chopped walnuts, a handful of halved grapes (not very seasonally, locally available though), dressing made with yogurt, or instead, half a small tub of cottage cheese.
 

Method

The original salad was simply apples and celery:

Wash and dry the apples, core them, and cut them into small pieces
Cut the celery into chunks of the same size and toss them in with the apple
Dress with mayonnaise

These days, the recipe usually includes chopped walnuts.
 

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

10 minutes
 

Notes & Variations on The Original Waldorf Salad

We think the classic Waldorf mix also makes a wonderful crunchy salad filling, and have also tried it tossed with cold cooked pasta for late Summer picnics.
 
 
 

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