Welcome to Part 2 of my #partylikeamadman – again with a huge thanks to my in-laws for allowing me to use their kitchen since ours is still in construction mode! In going through the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, one of my favorite parts was how each recipe included not only information about the episode the dish was featured in but also facts about the origin of the recipe. In the case of the Waldorf Salad, the cookbook also included information about the evolution of the salad – as well as two versions of the dish. I went with the classic dish, adding some grapes for an extra POP of color. I served this for a large group of people but due to taste preference not all ingredients were increased the same way. The first recipe is how I served it, while the second one is the original recipe plus grapes.
Original Recipe: 2 apples 1/2 cup grapes 1 cup iced hearts of celery 5 tbsp seasoned mayo Lettuce for serving
8 apples, peeled
2 cups diced heart of celery
2 cups grapes
1/3 cup mayo
Lettuce, for serving
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
- Peel and core the apples, divided in half and then cut in to slices. Reserve 12 slices, and cut the remainder into thin julienne strips.
- Combine the apple strips with the celery and toss with half of the mayo. Fold in the grapes
- Season to taste then place the mixture in the middle of a salad bowl and spread with the mayo. Garnish with the lettuce and the reserved apple slices.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Since this was part of a Seder dinner, the mayo was limited to Kosher for Passover and with that unseasoned.
I wound up making this dish twice – the first version wound up with a technical problem in that I was the one taking the picture. The second time around I served this up as part of our Seder dinner and it was the perfect fit (and quite the hit!). I am so glad I was able to participate in this Mad Men Party, and look forward to having a finished kitchen so that I can try out some of the more elaborate dishes in the book!