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Breakfast RX: Waldorf Salad

on September 12, 2013

Back to the apple-a-day theme: here’s a Big Apple classic: Waldorf Salad.

Before the Empire State Building scraped the sky

Before the Empire State Building scraped the sky

Created early in the twentieth century by “Oscar of the Waldorf” when the hotel graced Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, this salad is a combination of apples, walnuts, and celery in mayonnaise. I once had a version with grapes and marshmallows, and I’ve had an aversion to it ever since. Keep it to the original three ingredients and the mayonnaise thin and light, and it’s very refreshing.

One of the Waldorf Towers' chicest residents

One of the Waldorf Towers’ chicest residents

Since I share a birthday with Cole Porter, the most glamorous thing ever to come out of Peru, Indiana, whose talent for smart lyrics and jaunty melodies made the gaudy Great White Way glow with class, I have to reprint his tribute to the dish in “You’re the Top.”

You’re the top!
You’re a Waldorf salad.
You’re the top!
You’re a Berlin ballad.
You’re the boats that glide
On the sleepy Zuider Zee,
You’re an old Dutch master,
You’re Lady Astor,
You’re broccoli!

When it comes to broccoli or Lady Astor, I’ll take the title, thank you!

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