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!