Apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts all give this traditional autumn salad it’s flavor and crunch!
A waldorf salad is a traditional salad for Thanksgiving. I’ve never had it for my celebration, but I do know there are a lot of people who do. Well, all I needed to do was make it once, and now I’m hooked. I’m still not sure I’ll have it at Thanksgiving since there is already so much food, but I certainly won’t shy away from it. It is fresh, crisp and very tasty…almost sweet enough for dessert! You can serve it on a flat salad plate on a piece of pretty lettuce, or in a small dessert bowl. I almost bought a set of 6 acorn shaped bowls this year for the holiday but my economic common sense kicked in and I passed, much to my husband’s approval! Hahaha.
- 4 medium apples
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup chopped celery
- ¾ cup halved seedless grapes
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts
- ¾ cup raisins
- ½ cup mayonnaise, salad dressing or organic vegenaise
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- Ground nutmeg
1. Cut the apples into diced pieces, removing the core. For a more interesting flavor, I used 1 Red Delicious, 1 Fuji, 1 Braeburn and a Cortland apple. The variety made the salad even more interesting.
2. Place diced apples in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to keep apples from turning brown. Stir in the lemon juice so all of the apple pieces are coated.
3. Add the chopped celery, halved grapes, chopped walnuts and raisins.
4. To make the dressing, combine the salad dressing or mayonnaise (or vegenaise) with the sugar and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well.
5. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well. (Hey, is that Matt’s face in my vegenaise?)
6. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and lightly top with nutmeg. Place in the refrigerator until serving. Should make about 8-10 servings.
The initial reason I made the waldorf salad was for a potluck gathering of friends where I was to bring fruit. Well, I just couldn’t stand to make an ordinary mixed fruit salad, so the waldorf seemed like an interesting alternative. For the kids I took wooden skewers and skewered pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes and a maraschino cherry or two just to make it a little bit more fun. They were both a hit and I may never go back to cut up fruit in a bowl!!