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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

The farmers market has been full of many different varieties of apples for a while now and I seem to be bringing them home faster than I can eat them. I was going through my bookmarks looking for new ways to enjoy apples when I came across a waldorf salad. A waldorf salad is basically fresh apples, celery, walnuts and raisins in a mayonnaise based dressing. It sounded simple and good. (It reminded me a bit of a cole slaw.) I like the mayonnaise and lemon juice combo but I tried to make sure that it was not too heavy as I wanted to enjoy the flavours in the salad. I had a lot of apples to choose form but in the end I decided to go with gala. The waldorf salad turned out really good. The crisp and juicy apples cut through the sweet and tangy dressing nicely. I really enjoyed the range of textures in the salad from the crisp to the crunchy to the chewy. The toasted walnuts went really well in this salad and I think that toasting them first is essential. I would imagine that dried cranberries would work just as well as raisins in this salad. I am also thinking that I might try adding some fresh grape slices the next time. Shredded cooked turkey or chicken would also probably go well maybe even with some curry powder. I am going to be enjoying this salad for a while to come.

Ingredients:
1 apple (cored and chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1 handful dried raisins (or cranberries)
1 handful walnuts (toasted and chopped)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
lettuce

Directions:
1. Mix the apple, celery, cranberries and walnuts in a bowl.
2. Mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a bowl.
3. Toss the salad with the dressing.
4. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

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56 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Sometimes I toss leftover poached chicken into Waldorf salad. Not authentic, I know, but delicious.

soulchocolate said...

Apples form such a good base for everything nice. Be it for cakes, pies, salads...the possibilities are endless! I will make this soon after seeing your delicious picture- the best part? I have ready ingredients! Thanks for this post!

VeggieGirl said...

Classic & elegant!!

Stacey Snacks said...

Kev,
Love the lettuce basket!

Elra said...

Oh I love this classic salad so much. I can just eat bowls, and don't need anything else.

Lori said...

Looks so nice and fresh!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kevin!!!

this looks great...I have the blog up and running....it's called

Daily Art Stop and you can find it

Here

The weekly schedule is ...

Foodie Monday, Decor Tuesday, Challenge Wednesday, Instruction Thursday and Finds Friday....

I would love for you to be an admin so you can post a recipe on Mondays....let me know!!!

Hugs
Diana

Manggy said...

Ah, a classic indeed Kevin :) I love fruits in salad!

tigerfish said...

Waldorf is also one of my fav salads! Love the tartness of apples in it.

Helene said...

To that my mom would add peas & turkey. So she would serve it for Dinner during the week because she was using the leftovers from the Turkey she cooked almost every Sundays during the winter months. We really enjoy eating this.

Mrs Ergül said...

Cool, an apple salad! This is a nice way to use up some apples!

Natashya said...

I love waldorf salad. And apples, yum. Did you check out the farmer's market at the brickworks this year? I would love to see it sometime - I guess it's probably closed for the season now!

Muse in the Kitchen said...

I love apples in salad. Haven't had a waldorf salad for a while now. Have to say, your pinch of curry idea sounds really good ...

Bridgett said...

This is a beautiful and simple salad full of delicious flavors. Very impressive Kevin. This would make for an elegant starter to a dinner party.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delicious salad!

cheers,

Rosa

Holler said...

Sounds tasty Kevin and I have a bag of apples to use up.

Daziano said...

Wow, you're lucky down there... Here in Quebec the farmers market closed like 3 weeks ago...

meeso said...

Ahhh, reminds me of holidays, growing up, when my mom would always make this salad. It's a great one, and it looks delicious!

Deborah said...

A classic!!

Kalyn said...

Love the sound of this, and it sounds like a good Thanksgiving salad to me!

Jan said...

Lovely presentaion Kevin! A great salad.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

A classic is a classic!

Jody said...

One of my faves...this compliments a curry really nicely.

Beth said...

I love waldorf salad. Its one of my favourites

ttfn300 said...

ooh, yum yum yum, i even use plain yogurt instead of the mayo :)

Dawn said...

I love McCoun apples now, sad they are only around for a couple months. Try them if you see them around; great for baking. Awesome salad. Love that you were not stingy with the dressing.

Karen said...

I think Gala apples work so well in so many recipes. I made your risotto yesterday and blogged about it. It was delicious... thanks!

http://ohboykarencooks.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

Dragon said...

A true classic. Great job!

Heather said...

I love waldorf salad. It always reminds me of my Mom. I haven't had it in such a long time, but this looks delicious.

Jacque said...

Oh my, I had forgotten about Waldorf salad. My grandma always made it. I love it! yours look fantastic. Glad you enjoyed it.

Katrina said...

I love salads like this! My husband thinks fruit doesn't belong in salads, but I think he's a little looney in that regard!

Zen Chef said...

I love salads like this one. More fun to eat than the oil & vinegar classics.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This is one of my favorite salads. It looks great! I sometimes add chicken or smoked turkey too to make a well rounded lunch.

Pam said...

What a lovely salad - it would be terrific for Thanksgiving. Another great recipe Kevin.

Marie said...

Great looking salad Kevin. I Love waldorf salad. I think I made my very first one in Home Economics at school back in the dark ages. It's a timeless classic!

blackberry said...

Please do a remake with the curry/turkey idea. Just in time for the American Thanksgiving, last Thursday in November-please!

Debbie said...

Waldorf salad is delicious. I even love raisins in it and normally don't care for them! Your picture is great.

Darius T. Williams said...

I love a good waldorf salad and this one looks great! A little chicken and bacon wouldn't be bad in this either - lol.

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Queen B. said...

that looks absolutley fabby !!

JohannaB said...

I love my mom's waldorf salad. She brings it to all our family gatherings. She use Jonathan apples and pecans instead of walnuts. Now that I've typed this I'm off to get some apples so I can make your recipe.

HoneyB said...

Looks delicious! I need to make me some!

Bren said...

Gosh I haven't had this in soooo long. I like the way you plated it. Cute.

Maria said...

I love how you presented it! A true classic!

mikky said...

simple, yet so appealing... :)

Jeanine said...

That is my type of salad. Looks great! Lucky you to still have the farmers market to go to, ours has been closed for a few months already.

Cynthia said...

Hmmm, this would be perfect for dinner tonight, if only...

Cheryl said...

I am not a fan of that salad, but yours I would eat in a second!

lisaiscooking said...

That's a great photo. It looks so pretty--and delicious.

Paula said...

Waldorf salad is one of my favorite salads. I love the honey, mayo, lemon dressing. I've never had it with raisins before; I'll have to try that. Every time I have a Waldorf Salad I remember that old Faulty Towers episode where Basil is tasked with making one. It was hilarious.

Jan said...

Great looking salad, Kevin.

For a lighter flavor, I often substitute plain yogurt for mayo in salad dressings, or do half yogurt, half mayo.

anudivya said...

That is a gorgeous plate of salad. Love the colors and the textures.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin - Your Waldorf looks delicious. Another great flavor in a Waldorf salad is a bleu cheese. Yummy!

homecooked said...

Wow...something new to try. I've never had this salad. Looks great.

Lisa said...

Your post reminds me that I haven't enjoyed a proper salad for a while now. Sounds like a perfect early winter addition to a meal.

Proud Italian Cook said...

You read my mind Kevin, I've been dreaming of a crunch waldorf salad!
Looks fantastic!

K.Eckerle said...

I grew up (in Michigan) on this salad. Try dried cherries in it too. Yum.

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