This salad is traditionally made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.
Other ingredients, such as chicken, turkey, grapes, and dried fruit (e.g. dates or raisins) are sometimes added.
Updated versions sometimes change the dressing to a seasoned mayonnaise or a yogurt dressing.
I was curious as to where this particular recipe originated, based on it's name.
So, after some research, here's what we came up with.
According to the American Century Cookbook, the first was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d'hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria.
The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise.
Chopped walnuts were added later to this now American classic.
Some prefer their's made with yogurt, instead of mayo.
Having had this salad both ways, I fall firmly in the mayonnaise camp.
But feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if you or your family prefer.
This fruity, yet nutty salad, really is a super natural delight.
Really, it's very good, very refreshing!
In fact, it's one of Jennifer Aniston's faves.
Courtney and Jennifer enjoyed this salad for years when working on the set of Friends.
The pears and apples are such a great combination.
The salad also may sometimes include zest of oranges and lemons.
1/2 c. water.
2 Tbs. Lemon juice.
2 cored and cut in half firm ripe Bosch or Anjou pears.
2 cored and cut in 1/2 inch pieces, large celery stalks.
2 tart green apples, cut lengthwise and then into 1/2 inch pieces.
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-in diced pieces.
1 c. Walnut halves, broken into pieces.
1 c. Golden raisins.
1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint.
2 Tbs. Sunflower seeds.
Mix water and lemon juice in a large bowl.
Toss in pears and apples and let rest for 10 minutes.
This will prevent discoloration.
Drain the fruits, discarding liquid, pat dry and return them to bowl.
Add celery, carrots, walnuts and raisins.
Toss with lime mayonnaise.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Before serving your waldorf salad, mix well and sprinkle top with mint and sunflower seeds.
Makes 1 Serving
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