Waldorf salad

Waldorf salad came about in 1896, being made for a charity ball held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. Back then it was just apples, celery and mayonnaise but has since seen one or two additions, most notably nuts but often sultanas or grapes. Our version contains all of that, as well as cos lettuce, which adds a lovely freshness, not to mention plenty of folate. Ours is also dressed with a combination of mayonnaise and creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt, just to lighten it a little.

It’s absolutely wonderful, as is its city.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of celery
  • 1 eating apple, cored and julienned
  • 1 handful each of red and white grapes, picked from the stalks
  • Only if cooking the grapes: A drizzle of good aged balsamic and olive oil
  • 1 small cos lettuce, shredded
  • A handful of walnut halves
  • 2-3 dessert spoons of sultanas
  • 1 dessert spoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 dessert spoon of creme fraiche or whole Greek yoghurt
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ of a teaspoon of English or Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt

Nuush clients: Please apply the portion sizes stated in your account and divide the recipe so that you make only as much you need.

Instructions

If you have an air fryer place the grapes in it and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and add a sprinkle of sea salt. Cook at 180º for 4 mins. Otherwise you can roast them for ten mins in a 200º oven. Alternatively you can use the fresh and uncooked, or omit them completely.

That’s it about grapes! Well, apart from to say that I also love it without grapes as I don’t have a sweet tooth!

Now peel the stringy outside off the celery using a potato peeler, then chop quite finely. Place into a large bowl with the julienned apple, the walnuts, sultanas and shredded lettuce. Also add the fresh or cooked grapes here, halved but keep a few back as a garnish. Note: Some people soak the sultanas in hot water for a few mins, I never bother as I love their chewiness.

Lightly whisk the creme fraiche, mayo, lemon juice, olive oil and mustard with a bit of sea salt, using a fork. Now use it to dress the salad, tossing with a couple of large spoons.

Serve in a beautiful dish, garnished with a few glistening halved grapes.

Please note, the serving size is as a standalone meal rather than a side dish, it will feed more as an accompaniment.

Nutrition Info

Apples

Apples are rich in the polyphenol Quercitin. Quercitin has a wide range of positive actions, including anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral; as well as helping the body to use fats and improving flexibility of blood vessels.

Good honest nutrition

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Tom Wolfe

Portion Guidelines

Instead of living with the bore of weighing food, counting points or calories and tapping everything you eat into a phone you can use nature’s custom-designed tool – your hands!

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