I’ve said it time and time again – simple ingredients and simple flavours; if they’re put together in the right way, you’ll always have a winning dish. We often complicate a plate of food unnecessarily. If you take the Waldorf salad as an example – three or four simple ingredients that, together, will forever be a famous salad.
There are, however, so many versions of this historic salad and to be honest, the plainer it is, the more I like it. It was created by the matre ‘d of the Waldorf hotel in New York. The original recipe is only apples, celery and mayonnaise. Other ingredients include grapes, which I like to add to my Waldorf, raisins, smoked chicken, crispy bacon and citrus zest. The dressing is just mayonnaise, but sometimes plain yoghurt is added to thin it down. I like to add a squeeze of honey to the mayonnaise – the honey lifts the tartness of the apple and really just tastes divine!
If you’ve never had Waldorf salad because you think it’s too plain, do yourself a favour and try it. The clean, crisp flavour and taste is addictive. It’s definitely one of my top favourite salads.