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A hearty bowl of salad - Waldorf

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Let me confess this straight away that I'm not a salad person. While we are on it, let me further add, that I'm on the other end of the healthy/light eating with my sweet tooth and love for fried stuff, yes even fried momos. Now before you run away from the blog, let me tell you that there's a silver lining in this; and that's that the frequency of such unhealthy bites is kept to a bare minimum. Maybe just once-twice a month. Credit my husband, Ashish, who very much believes in light & healthy eating. So thankfully my weight stays in (some) control! That reminds me to have fried momos and fruit beer in Dilli Haat, on my next trip to Delhi...Aah old habits die hard you see!! But whether you love momos or not, Dilli Haat is a must visit on your trip to Delhi. Dilli Haat is an open style craft bazaar, with all the lovely handloom & artifacts from across the country and with all the state cuisines too. Thankfully this is a place we both love to love. 

Now where did dilli haat come in between light meals? Can't help it, food has that charm of making you drift to places and memories. And one such memory of a salad through my growing up years is Waldorf Salad. Lucknow, my hometown is a city of kababs and biryani, of chaat and faluda , (now you know why I love sweet & rich stuff). So there weren't too many good salads to be savored there, at least not back then. But Waldorf Salad was one of the exceptions, which never failed me. I guess it's the combination of this salad that made it work for me religiously. With toasted walnuts, sweet apples & raisins & sour mayo dressing, it goes from just a salad to a light meal.

Waldorf salad was not created by a chef, but by the dining room manager Oscar Tschirky in 1896, in the New York's Waldorf - Astoria Hotel and hence named so. Though the original version was with only apples, celery and mayonnaise, but later walnuts became an integral part of this classic salad. 

Waldorf Salad Recipe:
Minimally adapted from here
Serves 2

1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped & lightly toasted 
1/4 cup raisins or seedless grapes, sliced (I used raisins)
1 sweet apple, cored and diced
3 Tbsp light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup celery, sliced (I used chopped coriander for greens)
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, or as per taste 
Lettuce for base

  • Whisk the mayonnaise and the lemon juice in a bowl. 
  • Add salt & pepper. Check seasoning. Add diced apples, chopped walnuts, celery and grapes/ raisins. Mix it well. 
  • Serve on washed & dried iceberg lettuce

Sending it as an entry to my own event "Salad Spread" and to "Light Lunches". 

Hope all of you have are also ready to send your entries for the "Salad Spread". And if you are hosting any event, you can get it listed at The Food Blog Diary, and also get to know about the other events happening around. Check it out!

28 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. I too am not a salad person but could not help admiring this bowl of health. Just look at the play of colors. Awesome.

  2. @Radhika Thanks Radhika. It tastes quite good too!!

  3. lovely salad and looks very yummy...love this.

  4. wonderful salad and looks so healthy !!

  5. salad looks extremely delicious. Even I too am not a salad person, but loved the vibrancy of the salad.

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  6. yummy..bookmarked will try soon

  7. This is absolutely my kind of dinner. Am the opposite...love salad, juice kind of food. Gonna try this for sure...will let you know:)

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  8. Saved this recipe and plan on trying it out very soon indeed, ive always wanted to try making my own waldorf salad and your version looks easy and i thinnkkk i have all the ingredients needed :) thank you, looks delicious!

  9. This is hands down my favorite salad, love your presentation :)

  10. @The Procrastobaker Nice that it suits your pantry!! Hope you ike it too :)

  11. I haven't had this salad for ages, and I love the chili mango granita of the previous post, and the look of you blog :-).
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  12. now that is a gorgeous looking salad! love it! the pics are superb!

  13. @Alessandra Thnx for your appreciation...Will surely visit your space, since that's the fun of blogging to meet new people & know about their taste & life...

  14. I too am not a salad person ..... but this bowl is sure inspiring !! Delicious

  15. Thank you for sending this over. This salad will convert even a non-salad person :-)

  16. Looks so tempting and perfect.. First time here.. Lovely blog.. Thanks for the recipes dear !!
    Indian Cuisine

  17. I am no salad person either .. but became one these days. I was not even a fruit person but had to become one these days.. gained some weight :( boohoo!!
    That mayo is so tempting me but i have to cut that for now! Great shot dear.

  18. @kankana Nice to know that I'm not the only no-salad person. But this one will convert you sure. And you can replace mayo to greek yogurt too!!

  19. I can survive for many days with salads, love it that much.. Waldorf looks marvellous and highly tempting..

  20. @Priya perfect, then I'm eagerly waiting for your creative entries and ideas too!!

  21. I am a BIG salad person too n can survive on salads for days ~ a salad like this for lunch will sure make my day!
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  22. wow! very nice salad...yumm...

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  23. That looks so good to me! I do love salads, but I love sweets so much more :) My mom makes a Waldorf salad similar to this but I may give yours a try too, it looks so yummy!

  24. Thank you for reminding me how much I love this salad!

    I happen to have all of the ingredients; guess I am taking this for lunch tomorrow!

  25. @Kel Great, I hope you enjoy your lunch!!

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