The famous Waldorf Salad was the creation of the maitre d'hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Oscar Tschirky's salad was such a hit, it remains popular today as a side dish or salad plate. Over time ingredients have varied, so you might see this healthy recipe different in another restaurant. This might be served on a bed of lettuce or in a glass serving salad plate that has rounded edges just plain without lettuce.
In 1896 when the Waldorf salad recipe was placed in the Cook Book by Oscar of the Waldorf, the walnuts were not included. In 1928 the Rector Cook Book then mentioned the walnuts. The walnuts added a flavor and texture that also gave some light brown tones of color to the Waldorf salad recipe. The nuts are commonly used in today's recipe in the kitchen of many homes. Walnuts may be chopped or broken in medium sizes, then mixed into the recipe.
Originally the Waldorf Salad was served with raw, cut up, unpared apples, quite often the firmer apple were selected. The flavor of the apples and the moisture is kept with the skins remaining on the macs, braeburn or similar kind of apple. These sweet and tart apples burst with flavor , which is common when this October fruit is kept cool. Apples for the Waldorf salad are placed in the recipe as small chunks rather than slivered.
Over many years the mayonnaise has been substituted by yogurt and other selected dressings. That ingredient is kept cool until it is added to the recipe.
Even though it is a spice, cinnamon is a very important ingredient in the Waldorf salad. A pinch of each; nutmeg, ginger and sea salt can be added as well to enhance the flavor of the apples. A tablepoon of brown sugar is added for each apple used. 10 drops of fresh lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown and add to the flavor as well.
With each 3 apples used, a fresh stalk of celery is added into the Waldorf Salad recipe. The celery is kept cold so remains crisp until it is very finely sliced and added to the other ingredients
Love this type of salad since I was very young. Loved it!
....of course I meant 'crunchy'
Just crunch goodness all the way around in a Waldorf Salad. A friend's mother used to make the best!
Yum sounds like something I need to make for a family gathering.
Great recipe! I'm going to make this one for thanks giving! 5*
What great history you've given here. I love it!
The salad is yummy too. thanks for the detailed work you've put into this list.
Easy recipe! Waldorf Salad is very tasty and very good for you! 5*
My favorite Thanksgiving dish!
I adore Waldorf Salad, and have made it at home, but I did not know about the spices and lemon juice! I will have to try it correctly, next time!
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