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.
- 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
- 3 cups lettuce, cut
- Mix the apple, celery, cranberries and walnuts in a bowl.
- Mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Toss the salad with the dressing.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce.
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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Sometimes I toss leftover poached chicken into Waldorf salad. Not authentic, I know, but delicious.
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!
Classic & elegant!!
Stacey Snacks says
Love the lettuce basket!
Oh I love this classic salad so much. I can just eat bowls, and don’t need anything else.
Looks so nice and fresh!
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Ah, a classic indeed Kevin 🙂 I love fruits in salad!
Waldorf is also one of my fav salads! Love the tartness of apples in it.
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 says
Cool, an apple salad! This is a nice way to use up some apples!
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 says
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 …
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 says
A delicious salad!
Sounds tasty Kevin and I have a bag of apples to use up.
Wow, you’re lucky down there… Here in Quebec the farmers market closed like 3 weeks ago…
Ahhh, reminds me of holidays, growing up, when my mom would always make this salad. It’s a great one, and it looks delicious!
Love the sound of this, and it sounds like a good Thanksgiving salad to me!
Lovely presentaion Kevin! A great salad.
Clumbsy Cookie says
A classic is a classic!
One of my faves…this compliments a curry really nicely.
I love waldorf salad. Its one of my favourites
ooh, yum yum yum, i even use plain yogurt instead of the mayo 🙂
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.
I think Gala apples work so well in so many recipes. I made your risotto yesterday and blogged about it. It was delicious… thanks!
A true classic. Great job!
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.
Oh my, I had forgotten about Waldorf salad. My grandma always made it. I love it! yours look fantastic. Glad you enjoyed it.
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!
I love salads like this one. More fun to eat than the oil & vinegar classics.
This is one of my favorite salads. It looks great! I sometimes add chicken or smoked turkey too to make a well rounded lunch.
What a lovely salad – it would be terrific for Thanksgiving. Another great recipe Kevin.
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!
Please do a remake with the curry/turkey idea. Just in time for the American Thanksgiving, last Thursday in November-please!
Waldorf salad is delicious. I even love raisins in it and normally don’t care for them! Your picture is great.
Darius T. Williams says
I love a good waldorf salad and this one looks great! A little chicken and bacon wouldn’t be bad in this either – lol.
Queen B. says
that looks absolutley fabby !!
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.
Looks delicious! I need to make me some!
Gosh I haven’t had this in soooo long. I like the way you plated it. Cute.
I love how you presented it! A true classic!
simple, yet so appealing… 🙂
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.
Hmmm, this would be perfect for dinner tonight, if only…
I am not a fan of that salad, but yours I would eat in a second!
That’s a great photo. It looks so pretty–and delicious.
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.
Great looking salad, Kevin.
For a lighter flavor, I often substitute plain yogurt for mayo in salad dressings, or do half yogurt, half mayo.
That is a gorgeous plate of salad. Love the colors and the textures.
Hi Kevin – Your Waldorf looks delicious. Another great flavor in a Waldorf salad is a bleu cheese. Yummy!
Wow…something new to try. I’ve never had this salad. Looks great.
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 says
You read my mind Kevin, I’ve been dreaming of a crunch waldorf salad!
I grew up (in Michigan) on this salad. Try dried cherries in it too. Yum.