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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Waldorf Salad


I am here with a cool, crisp, summer salad though we are still a season away from our summer. :) Waldorf salad happens to be light, refreshing and especially an apt one for the sultry summer months. Prepared with fresh ingredients, it can be put together in around 5 minutes and can be served as an appetizer or a light meal. Its name comes after the Waldorf hotel, New York city where it was first created during the late 19th century. After the merger with hotel Astoria in 1897, the hotel has been since renamed as Waldorf - Astoria. The original recipe was supposedly an experiment by maitre d'hotel at Waldorf, Oscar Tschirky . Though there are several variations of this salad now, the original version had fresh apples, celery and walnuts with a mayonnaise dressing, served on a bed of lettuce.

There are many variations of the Waldorf salad now and one can adapt it to their personal preferences, by adding or omitting ingredients. Some even add grapes / dried fruits / meat. And if mayonnaise is not preferred, it can be replaced with yogurt / sour cream as I have done here.

Sweet, juicy apples, the crunchy nuts, sharp celery and the cool, crisp lettuce with a peppery yogurt - lemon dressing together truly made a delightful meal and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Adjust the quantities of the ingredients as needed for more servings. And if you are a mayonnaise eater, then use it in place of yogurt. I had prepared a single serving for my lunch today and so just shredded the lettuce and tossed it along with the other ingredients.
 
Ingredients:
1 cup Shredded lettuce / lettuce
2 - 3 Tbsp diced celery
1 cup cored and chopped apple
2 Tbsp roughly chopped walnuts
3 Tbsp Yogurt
1 Tsp lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Method:
* Combine the shredded lettuce, celery, apple and walnuts in a salad bowl. Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper, add to the bowl and toss well. 
* If planning to serve on a bed of fresh lettuce, don't shred lettuce. Mix all the other ingredients and serve on the lettuce leaves.

This is my Day 3 post of Blogging Marathon #26, under the theme "Soups and Salads". Check what other marathoners are cooking during this BM#26.

Comments

21 comments:

Akila said...

Very healthy one

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PriyaVaasu said...

Real quick one suma!!! Love that pepper-yogurt dressing!!!

Kalyani said...

super healthy... and I loved it more as its with yoghurt instead of mayo..must try.. bookmarked !

Pallavi Purani said...

Such a great salad this is. A lot of people dont know that Apples and walnuts are a marriage made in heaven.

Priya Suresh said...

Love this salad very much and i do often, beautiful yogurt dressing SUma;

Srivalli said...

I love this Suma, wonder how I never came around posting this..:)..lovely pic..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

One yumm salad..

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

oh so comforting and so tempting!! love the addition of yogurt...
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Hari Chandana said...

Looks very colorful.. Love it !!

sushma said...

Quick and healthy salad

Priya Yallapantula said...

Sumagaru, one more amazing dish. Please do send your delicious and healthy dish to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event @ my blog (read the rules please)

Pavani said...

For some reason, I thought Waldorf salad dressing was made of mayonnaise, wondering why I thought that!!
Yogurt in the dressing sounds delicious, that too with crispy, crunchy veggies/ fruits--it must have tasted awesome.

Manju said...

Well explained the recipe name. Simple and healthy one.

vaishali sabnani said...

This is one of my fav ones...probably something with a different dressing will come up in my post next week

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Good one. Lovely picture too. I observed that you have started to take pictures from the top :)

Chef Mireille said...

I've had dinner at the Waldorf but never ordered the salad - after seeing yours, will have to order it the next time!

Sadaf Afshan said...

Yummy salad.

Rajani S said...

Nice one...I have read the recipe many times, but yet to try it!

Nisha Sundar said...

I like the name Waldrof. Somehow it reminds me of Harry Potter!! This simple dressing sounds good.

veena krishnakumar said...

Love the click...looks so so yumm...delicious!

Suresh Urs said...

Nice recipe it's quiet awesome one. Great recipe. Salad of too nice and superb. :D