waldorf salad

Waldorf Salad – famous since1890

Today we  journey back to the glitzy days of the late 1800s, where the Waldorf Salad made its grand entrance. Picture this: crisp apples, snappy celery, juicy grapes, and crunchy walnuts, all mixed together in a creamy dressing. This salad has been the belle of the ball for generations, and today, we’re sharing how to whip up this culinary classic in your very own kitchen!

The Waldorf Salad Saga:

So, picture yourself at the  Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, circa the late 1800s. Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel extraordinaire, is on a mission to wow the hotel’s guests. And voilà, the Waldorf Salad was born! Originally, it was a simple mix of apples, celery, and mayo. But as time went on, it got a glow-up with grapes and walnuts joining the party.


Ingredients Waldorf Salad:

  •  2 sassy apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, take your pick), diced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery (it’s like the salad’s crunchy sidekick)
  • 1 cup of grapes, halved (because life’s too short for whole grapes!)
  • 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mayo (the creamier, the better!)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (to give it that zesty zing)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (to sweeten the deal)
  • A pinch of salt and pepper (because seasoning is everything)
  • Fresh parsley, for a fancy finish (optional, but oh-so-pretty)

Instructions Waldorf Salad:

  1. Let’s Dress to Impress: Grab a bowl and whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Give it a taste and adjust to your liking. Set it aside for now.
  2. Time to Toast, Toast, Toast: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread those walnuts on a baking sheet and pop ’em in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. They’re done when they’re golden and fragrant. Let them cool while you resist the urge to eat them all!
  3. Mix and Mingle: In a big ol’ bowl, toss together your diced apples, celery, halved grapes, and those irresistible toasted walnuts. Let ’em get acquainted.
  4. Get Saucy: Pour that creamy dressing all over your apple party and gently mix until everything’s coated in deliciousness. It’s like giving your salad a cozy blanket of flavor.
  5. Make It Look Pretty: Transfer your Waldorf wonder to a serving dish and sprinkle some fresh parsley on top. You eat with your eyes first, after all!
  6. Dive In and Chow Down: Grab a fork and get ready to taste the magic! Whether it’s a light lunch or a side dish for dinner, this Waldorf Salad is sure to steal the show.

And there you have it, the Waldorf Salad, a true gem of culinary history! So next time you’re in the mood for something fresh, crunchy, and downright delicious, give this recipe a whirl. With its crisp apples, snappy celery, juicy grapes, and creamy dressing, it’s a salad that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Bon appétit!

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