For those of you who remember the chunky, gluey Waldorf Salads from the 70s … fear not! This recipe is nothing like that.
This version of a Waldorf Salad was born in MoM’s kitchen on a day we were having Roast Pork. Rather than produce apple sauce and then a salad, I decided to combine the two.
10 minutes later … MoM’s Waldorf Salad was made, popped on a plate and then happy snapped. Half an hour later, big people and the littles were heading back for seconds!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add and subtract as much as you like. This salad made enough for 6 adults with a little left over for the kids who are old enough to eat salad.
What you’ll need:
• 4 large Pink Lady Apples
• 4 large Granny Smith or Golden Delicious Apples
• 2 – 3 cups baby spinach leaves
• 1 small Spanish (or red) onion
• Juice of 1 large lemon (or 2 limes)
• 2 – 3 tablespoons quality mayonnaise
• Walnuts (either whole or chopped)
• Salt & Pepper to taste
Putting it together:
1. In a large bowl (not the bowl or platter you’ll use to serve), combine the mayonnaise, lemon or lime juice and season to taste. Give this a good mix to create a drizzly dressing. The lightnesss of this salad comes from using enough lemon juice to ‘cut’ the fattiness and heaviness of the mayonnaise. You may want to fiddle a bit to get it to a consistency you’re happy with.
2. Finely slice the Spanish Onion and drop into the dressing.
3. Finely slice one apple at a time and drop into the dressing and coat the slices in the dressing. This will ensure the apples don’t discolour while you cut the other apples.
4. Just before you are ready to serve, toss through the spinach leaves and half the walnute and then arrange on your serving platter.
5. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts over as the finishing touch.
As I mentioned this salad teams up beautifully with any pork dishes but is also just as happy as one of the salads at any barbecue. A note to remember is that the onions and apples will stay crisp for quite a while once in the dressing but the spinach leaves will start to wilt once they are ‘dressed’. So best to put the salad together at the last minute to ensure maximum crunch … which is what the Waldorf Salad is so famous for!
Do you have a favourite salad? Or a new take on an old recipe? Do share – we love to hear from other mums.
Much MoM Love,
This post written by Nikki Hills, Mum of 4 and Founder of Mouths of Mums®. Nikki has worked in marketing, advertising and communications for close to 20 years and created Mouths of Mums® to give real mums a space to connect and trial and review products for free. Mouths of Mums® was also founded to give brands the opportunity to connect with real mums and truly understand what they need to do in order to deliver products that meet mums’ needs and will therefore be embraced by real mums.