Credit for the Waldorf Salad is given to Oscar Tschirky. This salad was supposedly first created and served in 1893 at a charity ball for the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children held at the Waldorf Hotel (thus the name) in New York where Tschirky was employed as Maitre D. My Mom always used to make this salad growing up, and for some reason I have been craving it lately. It’s traditionally served with apples, grapes, celery, and walnuts on a bed of lettuce. We never did the bed of lettuce thing and she usually threw in marshmallows to my recollection, so that’s the way I served it tonight to my childrens’ delight. Some recipes call for sugar in the dressing (I leave that out and figure the marshmallows suffice). You can squirt a little lemon juice into the mayonnaise and season with a little salt if desired. I honestly just eyeball all salads but this is about the proportions I used tonight.
- 5 celery stalks chopped
- 2 apples, cubed skins remaining
- 1 1/2 C halved red grapes
- 3/4 C mini marshmallows (optional)
- 1 C roasted walnuts
- 1/4 C mayonnaise
- Roast walnuts in frying pan until just starting to brown. Let cool.
- Chop all ingredients and throw in bowl.
- Stir in mayonnaise (can add a little lemon juice, sugar and salt to mayonnaise if desired).