Waldorf salad: at home as in Manhattan – Italian Cuisine

Apple, celery, mayonnaise and lettuce: few ingredients and a very simple preparation are what you need to make an iconic dish

Waldorf salad was first served in March 1893 at a charity ball hosted at the Waldorf Hotel in Manhattan for St Mary's Hospital for Children. The salad that bears the name of the famous hotel has a father as well as a date of birth: it was invented by the maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky, later known as the "Oscar of the Waldorf".
Oscar soon became very famous, as the hotel guests were famous, who within its walls, over the course of time, welcomed personalities such as Cole Porter, Marilyn Monroe is Frank Sinatra and many presidents of the United States, last Obama.

The Waldorf Astoria is currently closed, but will reopen in 2022: at the inauguration it will count 375 rooms and 375 residential units, officially on sale from April 2020. Certainly a privilege for a few. Instead, everyone can create the simple and mythical salad to immerse themselves in its atmospheres. Over the years, the Waldorf salad recipe has been updated several times, with the addition of Granny Smith and Fuji apples, red and green grapes and candied walnuts, while the dressing has become a mixture of crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, oil of olive, champagne vinegar, egg yolk and white truffle oil. We propose below the original version.

The Waldorf salad recipe


1 medium-ripened apple
1 stalk of chopped celery
¼ cup of mayonnaise
2 cups of lettuce, cut into small pieces
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Peel the apple and cut it in half. Remove the core and cut half into 4 thick wedges, the other half into thin slices.
In a medium bowl mix the celery, mayonnaise and apple strips; season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on lettuce and garnish with apple wedges.
If desired, add chopped walnuts.

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