Sort of Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salad has got to be one of the weirdest concoctions ever invented. Much like kedgeree, one can’t think about it too much, the concept is just so bizarre. Zingy fresh fruit, nuts and crunchy celery all doused in… mayonnaise? Most peculiar, but never fails to surprise and satisfy. I have done a slightly fresher one for all those still standing firm with those pesky new years resolutions. There will be a some pudding recipes next week for when the inevitable occurs… Back to the salad, I have messed it up a bit, hence the ‘sort of’ in the title. Some would call it deconstructed, they are fools, it is just a lazy version. Best served alongside cold left over roast bird. It is so fresh and full of bright flavour you can turn your back on coffee and battle the three o’clock slump with this little treat.
Ingredients (Serves 1):
Half an orange
Half an apple (A crunchy kind, Granny Smith or sherbet yPink Lady)
One Large Carrot
A squeeze of lemon juice (only if using a sweeter orange)
A handful of walnuts
A handful of sultanas/raisins (optional/soaked over night in tea prior to use)
One stick of celery
Squeeze the juice from the orange into a small bowl and zest some of the peel adding that to the bowl. If appropriate, add the squeeze of lemon juice. Grate or thinly slice the apple add that to the bowl, ensuring every piece is coated in the juice as this will prevent it from oxidising and going brown and squidgy. Grate the carrot and stir in. Thinly slice and add the celery stick. Lightly toast the walnuts and crush roughly in a pestle and mortar. Stir the sultanas/raisins and half the walnuts and plate up. Sprinkle half the walnuts on top so the first bit has a warm crunch followed by sweet and refreshing doses of vitamins. Enjoy, you virtuous thing you!