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:
- 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.