was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City by Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel and developed or inspired many of its signature dishes, 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.”
The salad is traditionally made of apples, celery and walnuts, and dressed in mayonnaise.
Since the salad was featured in Whole Living, Martha Stewarts’s holistic, yogi magazine, I’m sure you guessed that her salad isn’t “dressed in mayonnaise.” On the link provided above, you can find a recipe for their low-fat buttermilk dressing, but we just used our new favorite ranch (the bottle is almost gone and its only been a week…).Of course, we actually made this to go along with our onion rings–sorry Martha!
Celery isn’t something I normally think to add to a salad, but it actually added a nice element of crunch. We also toasted our almonds (not sure why the magazine changed it from the original walnuts) in my favorite mini cast iron pan. Isn’t it cute? It’s perfect for toasting things like nuts and spices!
I just love how easy this salad is to have as a main course for dinner or to use with leftover chicken and take for lunch. I even found a super crisp, tasty, organic apple in April, no less! This recipe is definitely a keeper.
You can find the entire recipe here!