This salad got its name from the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Created in 1896 by the maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad was an instant success. The salad became popular enough that Cole Porter featured it in his 1934 song “You’re the Top“.
Since then, this salad recipe has experienced many additions and subtractions. Most changes it seems are caused by the typical and favorite foods of a particular region. In the case of this recipe, the regional influence is the southwestern part of the United States. Namely Texas and Louisiana.
I was so excited when my sister and family came over a week ago for a cookout, and my sister not only made and brought my Mom’s Waldorf salad recipe, but she brought me my Mom’s entire hand written recipe book. There are some real gems, and blasts from my past in that recipe book that I’ll be sharing down the road on this website!
So try this one out, a true southern rendition of the “Waldorf Salad”. A definite comfort food of mine, and a very happy trip down memory lane every time I eat it!