Thursday, July 5, 2018

In the kitchen . . .

One of Dan's favorite foods is Waldorf Salad. I always think of it as a 70s recipe, because my mom made it a lot. However, it originated in 1893 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. There are probably a number of versions of this recipe, and you can make it to your own taste. The one we had as kids was pretty simple -- fruit (usually apples, bananas, grapes), walnuts and mayonnaise.

I found this recipe by a guest blogger on The Pioneer Woman's website, and it makes a few changes that really step up the taste of the original recipe.  Mainly substituting toasted pecans for walnuts, and adding sour cream to the dressing.

Here is my version of her recipe:

Chicken Waldorf Salad

*Cook two chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper. Let cool and slice into bite-size pieces.

In a large bowl, mix:

Chicken pieces
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 apple, chopped
3/4 cup halved red grapes
3/4 cup toasted pecans*
Dressing: 3/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup sour cream, salt and pepper, Tbs. of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together and serve on a bed of lettuce.

* I like to have cooked chicken on hand in the summer for salads and wraps. I usually cook four breasts at a time, first marinating in Italian dressing (for 20 minutes or so, usually just while I'm waiting for the oven to heat up), then I roast them in the oven and when cooled slice each one and put in a baggie to freeze individually.

** I toast the pecans in the microve. Put on a paper plate, and cook on high for a minute at a time until browned.

A great make-ahead meal to have on a hot summer night.


Susanne said...

Yum, yum, yum. Love chicken warldorf but never think to make it. Thanks for the reminder.

Melinda said...

My Mom used to make this.
I lime your idea of keeping chicken on hand.
I am the only one to eat chicken, it is not Mr.
Ken's favorite at all.

Your note came, loved the snail on the card.!
Watch your mailbox.

M : )

Dewena said...

My chicken is cooked and all ingredients that you list in my fridge waiting for me to make chicken salad tomorrow. But I'd never thought of calling it Waldorf salad even though I always put apples in it, also green grapes. But it should be called that, sounds more special that way. Delicious!