A Waldorf salad is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes, dressed in mayonnaise, and traditionally served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. The apples, celery, and grapes can all be green, which harmonizes the color palette of the dish.
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||New York|
|Created by||Oscar Tschirky|
|Main ingredients||Apples, celery, mayonnaise, walnuts, grapes|
|Variations||Poultry, dried fruit (raisins, dates), yogurt dressing, zest of citrus, cauliflower|
Waldorf salad is named for the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, where it was first created for a charity ball given in honor of the St. Mary's Hospital for Children on March 14, 1896. The Waldorf-Astoria's maître d'hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, developed or inspired many of the hotel's signature dishes and is widely credited with creating the salad recipe. In 1896, the salad appeared in The Cook Book by "Oscar of the Waldorf".
Other ingredients such as chicken, turkey, and dried fruit (e.g. dates or raisins) are sometimes added. Updated versions of the salad sometimes change the dressing to a seasoned mayonnaise or a yogurt dressing. Modern Waldorf salad may also include the zest of oranges and/or lemons. Variations include a peanut butter and yogurt base, and one that replaces celery with cauliflower.
In popular cultureEdit
The dish is featured prominently in an eponymous episode of the sitcom Fawlty Towers on the BBC. It is also mentioned at the end of the 1987 film House of Games; and within Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, season 1, episode 11, where it is referred to as “trailer trash food”. In season 2, Episode 10 of Twin Peaks, a Waldorf salad is served at a large gathering.
It is also featured in an episode of The Kids Are Alright, in which the middle class Cleary family discovers a less fancy version of the dish, which is used later as a punishment for one of the kids when he tries to sneak a midnight snack.
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