Thursday, 23 October 2014

Anyone for Waldorf salad

All fans of the Seventies comedy series, 'Fawlty Towers' starring John Cleese , will probably smile when they hear the words 'Waldorf salad'. In this episode an American guest asks for a Waldorf salad only to be told by a perplexed Basil Fawlty, 'Sorry, we are out of Waldorf.'

Today I decided to try and make one as it seems like an ideal Autumn or Winter salad.
It actually gets its name from The Waldorf Hotel in New York which is where it was created. I assembled all the ingredients and thought how sort of mellow and Autumnal they all looked. I added a chunk of Parmesan cheese and some fresh olive bread. My husband's reaction when he saw his plate was 'Where's the salad?' So next time I'll arrange it on a bed of lettuce. When I asked him if he liked it enough for me to make it again, he was enthusiastic, 'Definitely. It was delicious.' So this Winter it will be making a regular appearance on our table.

Waldorf Salad

2 red apples, washed or peeled and sliced
350g celery, washed and sliced
25 g chopped walnuts and a few for decoration
lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley
2 tbsp. good  quality mayonnaise.

squeeze the juice of half a lemon and put it in a glass bowl
Add the sliced apples and mix well to stop them from going brown
Add the chopped celery and the chopped walnuts
Add the mayonnaise and mix thoroughly
Sprinkle over chopped parsley and some walnut halves.

Serve immediately

Buon appetito

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