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Waldorf salad

May 18, 2011

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Serves 6

My Great Aunt Rose didn’t live far from the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the namesake of this recipe. She wrote her recipes in all capital letters. Growing up, I loved this sweet and crunchy salad, which came with the ingredient, “A WINE GLASS OF ‘REAL LEMON JUICE,’ ’’ which meant she used the ready-made product, measuring in a tiny sherry glass that sat on a kitchen shelf.

2 large sweet apples (such as Fuji) cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
Juice of 1 small lemon
20 seedless red or green grapes, quartered
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1. In a large bowl, combine the apples and celery. Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss well. Add the grapes, walnuts, sugar, and salt. Mix again.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and mayonnaise until blended. Add to the fruit mixture and stir until well coated. Cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Debra Samuels. Adapted from Rose Burnofsky