One of the best appetizers that exist is the Waldorf salad. The Waldorf salad can also be consumed as a very light meal or it can replace a late night meal. The original Waldorf salad recipe includes celery, fresh apples, walnuts, mayonnaise and lettuce. The Waldorf salad was invented by Oscar Tschirky. It was made for the first time sometimes between 1893 and 1896. There is no proof of the real date when this salad was prepared as an experiment. The place of its creation is now the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel of New York City, United States of America. This was named back then Waldorf Hotel and got its present name after the merger with the adjacent hotel, named Astoria, in 1897.
The creator of the Waldorf salad is Oscar Tschirky. He was the maitre d’hotel at Waldorf’s and he created a bunch of new recipes for the menu of its restaurant. This is why he is also credited for creating the Waldorf salad. In 1896, a cook book written by him appeared. The Cook Book by Oscar of the Waldorf, as it was named contained the recipe for Waldorf salad. The original one did not contain walnuts, but when another cook book appeared in 1928, the salad was enriched with walnuts. This second book was named Rector Cook Book. The salad gained immense popularity right away and Cole Porter even mentioned it in one of his songs. In 1934, the Waldorf salad was so appreciated that it was featured in his song, You’re the Top.
In present, there are many variations of the Waldorf salad. Many like to ad meat and they use mostly chicken or turkey. Sometimes, at Waldorf salad grapes or dried fruits are added. To make it more healthy, many replace the mayonnaise in the Waldorf salad with yogurt. For a more interesting taste, the mayonnaise can be improved with seasonal herbs. The Emerald salad is a variation in which the celery is replaced with cauliflower. To make it more exotic, some add lemons or oranges. In Belfast, a very popular variation of the Waldorf salad is made with peanuts instead of walnuts.