Waldorf Salad Recipe is an old fashioned salad made with apples, apple juice, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, pecans, and coconut.
My first cook book that contained this famous recipe listed walnuts and French Dressing as ingredients.
I did not like the salad with French Dressing.
Then I found a Waldorf Salad Recipe that contained grapes and lemon juice.
Instead of walnuts and grapes, I used pecans and raisins.
later, I ate the perfect Waldorf Salad in a local cafeteria.
The chef refused to
share his recipe.
So, I took a dogie bag of salad home with me and started my usual
tasting analysis to duplicate the dish.
Here is the secret to the perfect recipe.
Use fresh, whole grapes!
Grapes are juicier, not as sweet as raisins, and are full flavored.
They will also enhance your coconut flavor, best.
In a 2 qt. (or larger) mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise and apple
juice until it is smooth with no remaining lumps.
Add apples and stir to coat well.
in celery, grapes, and nuts.
Chill in the refrigerator a few hours for best flavor.
When ready to serve, place a lettuce leaf or a few fresh spinach
leaves on a salad bowl or plate.
Heap apple mixture in the center of your salad greens and sprinkle generously with the coconut.
This excellent salad pairs well with turkey or chicken entrees!
*If possible, use fresh grated coconut, for an ultimate dinning experience!
Add apples to mayonnaise and apple juice mixture as you cut them up, to help prevent them from turning dark.
Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apples.
Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples get mixed in with it.
The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise.
---The Cookbook by "Oscar" of the Waldorf, Oscar Tschirky [Saafield Publishing Company:Chicago] 1908 , copyright 1896 (p. 433)
I like the pecans better than the walnuts in this recipe because they do not overpower the amazing taste of the fresh apples.
I also like fresh whole grapes better than raisins because of their mild taste.
If you have not already tried it, substitute the raisins for the grapes and the walnuts for the pecans to determine which version you and your family enjoy the most.
That will be fun!
Bon appétit (I wish you) a hearty appetite.
The original, simple recipe was created by Oscar Tschirky, the dinning room manager and server at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in New York City sometime between 1893 and 1896.
Tschirky's first version of the recipe contained only celery, apples, and mayonnaise as is in the copywritten book he authored.
At some time later, someone added chopped walnuts to the recipe.
George Rector a writer, listed chopped walnuts in his list of ingredients in his The Rector Cook Book that he published in 1928.
Walnuts became a standard in the Waldorf Salad recipe after then.