The Word’s Best Waldorf Salad
The Waldorf salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which came into being with the merger of the Waldorf with the adjacent Astoria Hotel, opened in 1897).
Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel and developed or inspired many of its signature dishes, is widely credited with creating the recipe. In 1896, Waldorf Salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”; the original recipe did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928. The salad became popular enough that Cole Porter featured it in his 1934 song “You’re the Top”.
A scrumptious salad, such as this delicious creamy, crisp, crunchy beauty, is a must on your Thanksgiving table; it refreshes the palate and soothes the soul.
2 medium golden delicious apples, cored and diced (2 cups)
2 medium Honeycrisp or Jazz apples cored and diced (2 cups)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup halved green seedless grapes
1/2 cup halved red seedless grapes
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins, dried cranberries or dried blueberries
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup whipping cream
In a large bowl, sprinkle apples with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add celery, grapes, pecans, and dried fruit.
Combine mayonnaise, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp lemon juice. Whip cream with sugar until fairly stiff. Fold whipped cream into the mayonnaise mixture. Mix with the apple mixture. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Chill at least one hour before serving.