One of my favorite salads for Christmas is the Waldorf Salad. A search on the web directed me to The Kitchen Project website with a write-up on the The History of Waldorf Salad. It says here that the salad was created at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 by the maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky. The salad was an instant success. I can’t remember when was the first time I tasted Waldorf salad but it was certainly an instant success with me. I have always associated this sweet, crunchy salad with Christmas, perhaps because of the colors.
A few years back, I chance upon this wonderful cookbook by Janet Ballantyne called Joy of Gardening Cookbook. This classic vegetable cookbook has more than 350 step-by-step color photographs on the recipes presented. This is an older cookbook and I am not even sure if it is still in print. If you love vegetables, it is definitely worth your while to check out this book. She has a recipe in here for Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad. The addition of sweet potatoes is just delightful. The sweet potatoes not only give the salad a contrast of textures but also a lovely color.
This recipe was adapted from Janet Ballantyne’s Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad. I have also added some dried cranberries to give it a pop of color. Instead of serving it on a bed of lettuce, I chose to serve it on a bed of baby greens. I hope you will give this salad a try.
- 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (½ inch cubes) from 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 cups cubed apples from 2 large apples
- ½ cup diced celery from 1 stick of celery
- ½ cup (80g) raisins
- ½ cup (70g) dried cranberries
- ½ cup (50g) walnuts
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup mayonnaise, salad dressing, or vegenaise
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 5 oz (140g) fresh baby greens
Steam sweet potatoes until just tender, about 6 to 7 minutes. Do not overcook as you want the sweet potato pieces to hold its shape. Plunge into cold water. Drain.
In a large bowl, toss apples and lemon juice. Add celery, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, and sweet potatoes. Sprinkle nutmeg over fruits and vegetables. Add mayonnaise and toss to coat.
Chill for at least an hour before serving.
To serve, place baby greens on a plate. Spoon salad onto baby greens.
Look at that pink sky at dawn. 5 to 8 inches of snow is expected today and tomorrow…..brrrr!
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!