The Waldorf salad is one of the most famous dishes in the world. Its first preparation is credited to Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Hotel, in New York City. Since the first Waldorf salad dish, the recipe has become familiar to people all over the world, being not just a salad that is prepared by top chefs, at the best restaurants. In addition to this spread, the original Waldorf salad has also suffered some light modifications in the recipe. These have not decreased the popularity of the initial way of preparation, but have generated a whole series of specialties based on this famous salad.
The original recipe of the Waldorf salad contains the following ingredients: 1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 apples, 2 pieces of celery and 1/2 cup of almonds. The mix was usually served on a bed of lettuces. The aspect of the salad was easily recognisable by anyone and it made for a perfect addition to a light meal. Adding new ingredients to the classical recipe of the Waldorf salad has become a feature of numerous restaurants, that wanted to give their clients something new and different. People cooking at home also found these variations useful, in order to form a dish that was to the liking of the entire family and did not have ingredients that some may not like. Thus, some replaced the apple in the Waldorf salad with grapes, for a more juicy and sweet taste. For others, the variation on the original Waldorf salad recipe meant that this dish was to become a whole meal, thus adding light meat to it, like turkey or chicken, made perfect sense.
The Waldorf salad is a very famous dish, no matter in which way you serve it. The original aspect is easily recognisable to anyone and you must at least try this dish once. After having one of these salads, you can start preparing it yourself or adjusting the recipe so that it can be according to your tastes.