You’ll do well to find anyone who doesn’t like this classic salad! It works perfectly with almost any lunch or dinner time buffet. And, hoorah, hoorah, it’s dead easy to make!
This salad was created by the Maître d’ of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1896. In its original version, it only included apples, celery and mayonnaise. The walnuts came later. Some modern versions have lost the plot and are no longer recognisable as a Waldorf Salad. I’ve seen versions with dates, pine nuts, grapefruit, pears and, believe it or not, even Cajun seasoning! Give me a break. Fine, make a salad like that if you will, but don’t call it a Waldorf Salad. Classic recipes create an expectation in diners’ minds and they feel cheated if you go too far off-piste.
Grapes are sometimes added, as in my recipe, as they lighten the dish and add a subtle sweetness.
For the dressing…
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Simply mix the ingredients together!
For the finished dish…
100g walnuts, quartered
100g apple, diced
100g celery, diced
100g red grapes, halved
Cut the walnuts, apple, celery and grapes into similar sized pieces. Mix in the dressing and stir to make sure everything is evenly coated. That’s all there is to it!
You can make this salad ahead of time. It will keep quite happily in the fridge for several hours.