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  • Serves 6
  • Makes 1
  • 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 8 Ingredients
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February 17, 2012

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Waldorf Salad fans rejoice!

This Waldorf Salad Recipe brings you all the deliciousness of a traditional Waldorf Salad only with a lightness your heart will thank you for!

Who remembers the gluggy, gluey Waldorf Salads from the 1970s? Where the recipe literally called for a whole jar of mayonnaise dumped over chunks of apple and celery.  OMG, it was like munching through a weird fat smothered fruit plate.  And god forbid if there were sultanas in there too!

According to The Kitchen Project, the Waldorf Salad was originally created in 1896 at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  It wasn’t a creation made by a chef but rather the dining room manager Oscar Tschirky. Apparently it was an instant success.  It seemed the recipe hasn’t changed much since then given our memories are that of a Waldorf Salad that contained just apples, celery and mayonnaise.

Fear not!  This recipe is nothing like that.

In fact, this Waldorf Salad was born on a day we were having a Sunday lunch that included a lovely big roll of Roast Pork.  There was going to be loads of pork crackling and that would be quite enough fat for the family! So rather than produce apple sauce and then a salad, we decided to combine the two.

The traditional Waldorf Salad ingredients are still all included – we’ve just lightened it up and added a little twist or two.  

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.

Do you have a favourite salad?  Or a new take on an old recipe?  Do share – we love to hear from other mums.


Ingredients (serves 6 | makes 1 Large Salad)

  • 4 large Pink Lady Apples (or any red apples)
  • 4 large Granny Smith Apples (or any green apples)
  • 2 - 3 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 large Lemon
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Whole Egg Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Walnuts
  • 1 small Spanish Onion
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

  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 walnuts and then arrange on your serving platter.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts over as the finishing touch.

Notes... 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!
Here's a few more classic salads you might like to try:
  • nice when you want a really special salad. thanks

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  • Great recipe to try. Thanks

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  • Thanks for sharing – this looks wonderful. Must try it out soon,

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  • That looks delicous Will have to make this

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  • That sounds rather lovely, thank you.

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  • Looks and sounds delicious.

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  • Great salad looks lovely and filling

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  • This sounds delicious and a great use of apples. I’d love to add chicken to it too.

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  • It look colourful.Hope taste better.

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  • was thinking apple salad the other day, and came across Waldorf Salad from jamie oliver version, hahah bit it stopped me from the sugar, might give this a try.

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  • When I lived in the Netherlands I always used to make a Waldorf salad with Chicory but that’s so hard to get here.

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  • This looks delicious

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  • Thanks for sharing. I make waldorf salad without mayonnaise and add some raisins, pumpkin seeds and red capsicum. When you add salt & pepper and leave it to sit for a while the tastes incorporate and some liquid releases which functions as a dressing for me.

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  • This looks so good! Fresh and crunchy with so much flavour.

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  • Doesn’t look that delish, but it really is!

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