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Waldorf Salad (VRP 004)

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Waldorf Salad is a timeless dish known for its refreshing mix of crisp apples, juicy grapes, crunchy walnuts, and creamy dressing. Originating from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the late 19th century, this salad has become famous for its beautiful textures and flavors that balance sweetness and tartness.

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

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Food History

The original Waldorf Salad was created in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel by maitre d’hotel Oscar Tschirky. It started as a simple combination of apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Over the years, nuts (typically walnuts) and other ingredients like grapes have been added to enhance their flavor and texture profile.

Recipe Discussion

The traditional recipe for Waldorf Salad includes crisp apples and celery for crunch, raisins or grapes for sweetness, and walnuts for a nutty depth, all tossed with a mayonnaise-based dressing. The inclusion of bananas in this version adds a tropical sweetness that complements the tartness of the apples and the citrusy zing from the lemon juice.

Serving Suggestions

Waldorf Salad is typically served chilled as a refreshing side dish or appetizer. It’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a light lunch that’s both satisfying and nutritious. The salad is often presented on a bed of lettuce leaves, which adds a beautiful contrast and makes it ideal for elegant dining settings.

Preparation Tips

  • Apple Selection: Depending on your taste preference, choose crisp, tart apples like Granny Smith or a sweeter variety like Gala to provide a fresh crunch and balance the sweetness of the raisins and bananas.
  • Lemon Juice: Adding lemon juice infuses a bright flavor and helps prevent the apples and bananas from browning.
  • Dressing: While mayonnaise is traditional, you can opt for yogurt or a combination of the two for a lighter version. Adjust the sweetness with sugar to taste.
  • Walnuts: Toasting the walnuts before adding them to the salad can enhance their flavor, adding a richer nutty taste.

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Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 or 2 sliced bananas
  • 1/2 cup English walnuts
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • sugar to taste

Instructions

  1. Celery, nuts, apples, salad dressing.
  2. Serve on lettuce leaf.

Waldorf Salad remains a beloved classic for its wonderful mix of textures and flavors that cater to various tastes. Whether serving it at a formal gathering or enjoying it as a simple, healthy snack, this salad offers a delightful eating experience that has stood the test of time.

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