Of course, the most popular way to enjoy apples is to eat them out of hand. The second most popular is likely in pies or fillings. Lately, however, apples are being featured more prominently in salads. Obviously, THE most famous (and probably the most popular) apple salad is the Waldorf salad. The Waldorf salad [WAWL-dorf] was created at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 not by a chef but by the maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky. It was an instant success.
The original version of this salad contained only apples, celery and mayonnaise, but chopped walnuts later became an integral part of the dish. A Waldorf salad is usually served on top of a bed of lettuce when plated.
Classic Waldorf Salad (Makes 5 1/2 cups)
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise 1 TBSP Granulated Sugar 1 TBSP Lemon Juice 1/8 tsp. Kosher Salt 3 Medium Apples Cored, trimmed and diced in ½ to 1” pieces ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts
1.Combine first 4 ingredients. 2.Stir in remaining ingredients. 3.Cover and chill.
Other modern adaptations include: *Grapes *Raisins or other diced fruits (like apricots) *Toasted almonds instead of walnuts *Green or red onions *Celery seed
Another adaptation of this famous salad has a Far East flair, and I absolutely love it! It’s my Thai Apple Salad “Waldorf” Style.
Thai Apple Salad “Waldorf” Style (Yield: 6 cups or 6 to 8 servings)
4 cups Granny Smith Apples (4 med.), peeled, cored & diced ½” 1 tsp. Ginger, fresh, minced ½ tsp. Curry Powder (Oriental Hot preferred) ½ cup Celery, cut in ¼” dice ½ cup Peanuts, honey roasted ¼ cup Green Onion, cut in ¼” lengths Pinch – Cayenne Pepper 1 cup Mayonnaise Pinch – Salt ¼ cup Thai, Peanut Sauce (your favorite brand)
Combine all ingredients, except peanuts. Stir and chill until needed for service.
Top individual portions with additional honey roasted peanuts if desired.
At Nino’s, we also have a VERY popular apple salad that we call Nino’s Apple Cole Slaw. We’ve featured this salad and sampled it many times. It goes particularly well with grilled chicken and barbecued pork. In addition to the ingredients listed here, you can substitute pears instead of apples and add other sun-dried fruits. Even your favorite nuts!
Nino’s Apple Cole Slaw (Ingredients for 8 Portions:)
1 – 24 oz Package Nino’s Green Cabbage 2 Large Granny Smith Apples, julienned ½ Cup Carrots, cut matchstick size ½ Cup Sun-Dried Cherries 1 Cup Brianna’s Brand Poppy Seed Dressing 2 TBSP Lemon Juice Water as needed To Taste Salt & Pepper
Instructions 1. Mix together approximately 1 cup of water and the lemon juice. 2. Core apples, leaving the skin on, and julienne. Soak julienned apples in the lemon juice water for a few minutes, then drain well and add to a mixing bowl. 3. Add the remaining ingredients to the julienned apples and toss.
There are SO many delicious apple salad recipes that it’s unfair not to list them all, but I think you get the idea, and I hope you’ll consider preparing an apple salad for an upcoming meal.