According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria.
The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts were added later to this now American classic.
Some prefer their Waldorf salad made with yogurt, instead of mayo. Having had this salad both ways, I fall firmly in the mayonnaise camp. But feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if that’s your druthers.
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise (or yogurt)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 sweet apple, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half (or 1/4 cup of raisins)
- 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt) and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.