Waldorf Salad… I remember my mom making this when I was growing up. I really did like it back then. A “salad” made with fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, raisins, dressed in mayonnaise did not look very appetizing.
But as I got older, I learned to enjoy it and even make it myself.
Here is a little history of Waldorf Salad from Wikipedia.com
The salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which came into being with the merger of the Waldorf with the adjacent Astoria Hotel, opened in 1897). Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel and developed or inspired many of its signature dishes, is widely credited with creating the recipe. In 1896, Waldorf Salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”; the original recipe did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928.
I had no idea that my mom was making such a historic salad all those years ago.
Here is the recipe that I learned from my mom and continue to use.
- 2-3 chopped Gala Apples
- Some chopped walnuts
- Some chopped celery
- Some raisins
- Enough mayonnaise to pull it all together
As you can tell, it a very exact recipe.
The salad is even better the next day.
Guess I need to go to the store this weekend to pick up the ingredients for Waldorf Salad.