This salad was created at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the 1890’s not by a chef but by the maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky. It was an instant success.
The original version of this salad contained only apples, celery, honey and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts later became an integral part of the dish.
Waldorf salad is usually served on top of a bed of lettuce. This recipe is one of many variations of the original 1890’s recipe.
- 2 cups (2 med-large) diced un-pared apples (I use Honeycrisp or Gala)
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 heaping tablespoonfuls mayonnaise, homemade or Hellmann’s
- 1 teaspoon honey
- dash lemon juice
- seedless grapes
Stir together the mayonnaise, honey and lemon juice.
Combine all ingredients together and chill until ice cold.
Serve on lettuce and garnish with seedless grapes. Serves four.