Waldorf salad

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Waldorf salad
Waldorf salad
Course Appetizer
Place of origin United States
Region or state New York
Created by Oscar Tschirky
Serving temperature Chilled
Main ingredients Apples, celery, walnuts, grapes, mayonnaise
Variations raisins
Cookbook: Waldorf salad  Media: Waldorf salad

A Waldorf salad is a salad generally made of fresh apples, celery, grapes and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal.[1]

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 hotel in New York City.[3][4] Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf's maître d'hôtel and 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 did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928.[6] The dish is featured prominently in an eponymous episode of the sitcom Fawlty Towers.[7]

Other ingredients, such as chicken, turkey, and dried fruit (e.g. dates or raisins) are sometimes added.[8] 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 salad also may include zest of oranges and lemons.

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  1. ^ Judith Weinraub (15 November 2016). Salad: A Global History. Reaktion Books. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-1-78023-705-3. 
  2. ^ Nan Lyons (1 March 1990). New York City 1990. Bantam. ISBN 978-0-553-34845-3. 
  3. ^ Janet Clarkson (24 December 2013). Food History Almanac: Over 1,300 Years of World Culinary History, Culture, and Social Influence. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 245–. ISBN 978-1-4422-2715-6. 
  4. ^ "The History of Waldorf Salad". Kitchen Project. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  5. ^ Andrew F. Smith (26 November 2013). New York City: A Food Biography. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-1-4422-2713-2. 
  6. ^ Andrew F. Smith (28 October 2013). Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia [3 Volumes]: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 774–. ISBN 978-1-61069-233-5. 
  7. ^ Albert Jack (2 September 2010). What Caesar Did For My Salad: The Secret Meanings of our Favourite Dishes. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 168–. ISBN 978-0-14-192992-7. 
  8. ^ Andrew F. Smith (17 November 2015). Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City. Oxford University Press. pp. 628–. ISBN 978-0-19-939702-0.