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How Did This Salad Get It’s Name?

La Crosse, WI, United States / KICKS 106.3

Waldorf salad has an interesting history…this may be a good choice for your Easter Dinner.


A Waldorf salad with green grapes and whole walnuts
Serving temperature Chilled
Main ingredients Applescelerymayonnaisewalnutsgrapes
Variations Poultry, dried fruit (raisins, dates), yogurt dressingzest of citrus
 Cookbook: Waldorf salad   Media: Waldorf salad

Waldorf salad is a fruit and nut salad generally made of fresh applescelerygrapes and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.[1]

The name comes from the fact that the Waldorf salad was first created for a charity ball given in honor of the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children on March 14, 1896[2] at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.[3][4] Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel, and who developed or inspired many of its signature dishes, is widely credited with creating the recipe. In 1896, the salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”.[5]

The original recipe was just apples, celery, and mayonnaise.[6] It did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928.[7]


Modern versions

Other ingredients, such as chickenturkey, and dried fruit (e.g. dates or raisins) are sometimes added.[9] Updated versions of the salad sometimes change the dressing to a seasoned mayonnaise or a yogurt dressing. A variation known as an “Emerald Salad” replaces celery with cauliflower. The modern Waldorf salad also may include the zest of oranges and lemons.


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