Monday, 5 July 2010

Waldorf salad via Onehunga

I am SOOOO lazy about making my own lunch. Every day, I buy lunch, and every day, I end up eating rubbish and paying too much for it.

But tonight, on my trip to the local not-so-supermarket, I remembered a packed lunch that is delicious, easy, healthy and filling.

Waldorf salad. Or my version thereof.

If you haven't heard of this before, it's a combination of sweet grapes and apples, savoury celery and walnuts, mixed together with mayonnaise. Apparently it was created at the ritzy Waldorf Hotel in New York in the 1890s.

Some recipes don't use lettuce, but what's so sacred about a recipe? Make it your own!! On the other hand, I've read on other blogs that people have mixed in mini marshmallows, tinned mandarins, cream, yoghurt sweetened with honey... I think that makes it less of a salad and more of a dessert. I also am pretty sure that it makes it Ambrosia, but that's a recipe for another day.


Handful of toasted walnut halves
Bunch of red seedless grapes, halved
Chopped celery
Some red apples, chopped, with the skin on
Chopped cos lettuce
Mayonnaise, of whatever type takes your fancy: normal, light, gluten-free

As is common with my recipes, you can use these ingredients in whatever proportion seems good to you. Use plenty of mayonnaise though, it's kind of the glue that makes this salad delicious.

So tomorrow, my colleague Jen can marvel at my healthfulness and my organisation, rather than wondering why I fill my tummy with such crap.


  1. This is one of my all-time favourite salads, thanks to Fawlty Towers! I can remember as a kid watching the American tourists episode, where they ask for a Waldorf salad, which Basil has no idea how to make. The American guy repeats the ingredients to him ad nauseum, which for some unknown reason has stuck with me all these years!

  2. Hahaha, I'm glad that television is convincing people to eat salads, in the most roundabout way! Gotta love old British sitcoms...

  3. I’ve been looking for a blog just like this for a while now. Thank you for taking the time to produce this…never easy when you’re busy.

  4. Thank you :-) I hope you enjoy it.


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