A Winter of Salads – Waldorf

I went round to mum & dad’s for dinner last night, saw the magnificent celery they had growing in their garden and decided to make a Waldorf Salad.  Over dinner we were talking about salads and it seemed that whilst everyone knew the origins of the Waldorf Salad no one could think of another single salad they knew the history behind.  Personally I’m not sure whether we should attribute the fame of the salad to the reputation of the Waldorf-Astoria or to the popularity of Fawlty Towers  within my family but still….

I am posting about this salad as part of Vegplotting’s salad days series.  Not only am I late with my post but I’m not entirely convinced that a Waldorf Salad really fulfills the salad days brief as it lacks salad leaves pretty much completely.  In an attempt to create relevance I have photographed a portion of salad on one of my Freckles lettuce leaves but I suspect few will be convinced by the tenuous link.  In the Waldorf’s defence though all the ingredients are highly seasonal and are grown within Victoria so in that respect its the perfect early winter salad.

This is how I made our salad yesterday:

Waldorf Salad

  • 4 nice big sticks celery – chopped
  • 2 apples (I used pink lady) – chopped
  • a handful of walnuts
  • 3 spring onions  – finely chopped
  • juice of half a lemon ( I used a meyer lemon)
  • 1 – 2 tblspns mayonnaise (to taste)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Combine the lemon juice & mayonnaise.  Mix it through the salad ingredients.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.  Eat.

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22 Responses to A Winter of Salads – Waldorf

  1. Jo says:

    Waldorf Salad always brings back memories of Fawlty Towers for me, a classic. It looks delicious.

  2. Nina says:

    Of course! Waldorf salad! I forgot all about that. Damn, just today I chopped and froze the last of the celery. I’d run out of ideas to use it up – veggie stock, chicken soup, celery soup, stew, celery gratin. Oh well, next year.

    And, yes, that Fawlty Towers espisode is a classic (as they all are).

    • Liz says:

      I just leave mine in the ground and use it as i need it. Having said that compared with my parents my celery is looking particularly pathetic this year.

      • Nina says:

        Mine were all in a block and I needed the room, so I reefed them out. Next year, I might tuck a few in every here and there and it won’t be such an issue.

  3. Louise says:

    Look at that nice juicy celery! And love the freckles lettuce leaf. Being freckly myself I appreciate spottiness.

  4. I love Waldoff salad and just hope our celery performs so I can make some.

  5. Lea says:

    Waldorf Salad – delicious!
    Have a blessed day!
    lea’s Menagerie

  6. Oh man! I love Fawlty Towers!

  7. Frogdancer says:

    Thanks. I have heaps of celery growing at the moment.

  8. Hi Liz,

    Home-made Waldolf salad is wonderful-so much crunch! Oh, and those episodes of Faulty Towers-I have them all on DVD-simply hilarious despite all the years!!

    • Liz says:

      I like them but I do have to watch through my hands at time, but you’re right they have certainly stood the test of time.

  9. alex says:

    Great post, everyone has celery and apples at this time of year.

    What about Caesar salad from Caesar ‘s palace hotel?

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  11. Homemade Waldorf salad is a great meal, I would have it for dinner by itself. You described it so deliciously good! 🙂

  12. Leanne Cole says:

    That looks good, I might have to try it.

  13. How perfect for a hot day! I used to dislike celery as a kid, probably from how the school cafeteria used to stretch the tuna salad with it, but have really come to appreciate its earthy astringent crunch. I love how you’ve used the natural light in your photo, well done!

  14. Wendy says:

    Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of waldorf salad, but this looks really delicious!

  15. VP says:

    This seems to be the month when everyone shows off their Freckles lettuce!

    Of course this counts for Salad Days – thanks very much for your regular contributions 🙂

    • Liz says:

      And a great lettuce it is too – I also like its other name – Trout Back, perhaps I’ll call mine that and pretend its different….

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