Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple and Celery Salad

This salad is also called Waldorf salad as it is named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.  I couldn't remember when was the first time I had this salad but I knew I didn't have it before migrating to Australia.  The only salad I had back then was potato salad and we still had that every time when we had a family BBQ.  You won't be surprise seeing that older Chinese won't touch any raw salad as they like their vegetable cooked.  My dad loves salad, considering him having his first raw salad at 50.  One time I was reading the book, Mao's Last Dancer and I couldn't stop laughing when the author mentioned that he was invited to have dinner with some western friends after coming to the US for dancing.  As he couldn't read English, for good manner sake, he only ordered the cheapest food on the menu and that was a salad.  He had never had salad before and it was not a filling meal for a young man.  Imagine going to a foreign place and you don't know the language, we can only use sign language and pictures to express ourselves.  The last time when I went to Japan, we went to a noodle house for dinner.  Even though I brought a traveller dictionary with me, I had to point to the picture of the menu and tried to tell the waitress what we wanted.  We ended up having 3 noodle soups for 4 people so we had to order one more later on.  I didn't think I got the noodle I wanted but I had to eat what I'd got by seeing the hopeless face of the waitress not understanding me.  Anyway, it was a nice dinner after all!  Have you got any interesting travelling story due to language barrier?
Apple and Celery Salad

1 apple
1 stalk of celery
1 tablespoon sultanas
a handful of walnut
few lettuce leaf
2 heap tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cut apple and celery into small cubes.  Squeeze some lemon juice over the apple to prevent discolour.  Add in sultanas, mayonnaise and salt to the salad.  Spoon salad over the plate with the lettuce base, then sprinkle some chopped walnut over the top.

Tips:  Use a vegetable peeler to peel off the tough bits from the celery.


  1. I love apples and celery together- the sweetness and the crunch are fantastic. What a wonderful light fall dish perfect as a side!

  2. veronica, this is a very interesting salad and I didn't really know that this is the Waldorf salad! Oh yes, I noticed that older Chinese people avoid raw salads. Thanks for the wonderful post, Veronica!

  3. Hi Veronica,ur salad luks perfect.Luv ur yumm blog of recipes.Following u.

  4. I like to combine fruit and nuts in salads too. This is a really nutritious, well-balanced and tasty meal!