Friday, November 27, 2015

Waldorf salad

Tonight's menu
Waldorf salad

Waldorf Salad with Cajun chicken and warm biscuits

The first Waldorf Salad was created by Oscar Tschirky, the maitre d'hotel of the New York's legendary Waldorf Astoria in 1893. It may be more than a century old, but it is still the most requested dish in their menu. This timeless American classic dish consists of apples, celery and grapes dressed in a creamy dressing and topped with candied walnuts. It was originally dressed in mayonnaise but has since undergone some transformation to make it more modern, light and refreshing. Be sure to add it to your menu, you will be delighted with the combination of textures and flavors. Here is how I make this salad.

Waldorf Salad
1 medium red apple
1 small green apple
1/2 cup grapes
1 stalk celery
Handful toasted walnuts or pecans
1 tbsp mayonnaise or sour cream
3 tbsp plain yogurt
Freshly grated pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt to taste (optional)
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients for dressing. Keep aside.
  2. Lightly toast the nuts in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until lightly browned and aromatic (2-3 minutes), keep aside.
  3. Dice or julienne the apples, dice the celery and cut the grapes in half. Put these in a large bowl along with half the toasted walnuts. 
  4. Add the dressing and stir to coat. Serve topped with the remaining nuts.
  1. Add cooked chicken to make it a chicken Waldorf salad.
  2. Serve on a warm tortilla as a lunch wrap.