As was made extremely plain in a 30+ year old episode of Fawlty Towers; a Waldorf Salad is: apples, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise.
Except, when it’s not. My Waldorf Salad has apples, sure. And celery. But then I go a bit off the rails and add pitted cherries, pistachios, and diced prosciutto.
And, mayonnaise? I think not. Blue Cheese Basil Vinaigrette works a treat!
Check it out…
•1 cup diced celery
•1 cup diced cored apples
•1 cup seeded cherries
•1/2 cup pistachios
•2 oz chopped prosciutto
•6 tbsp olive oil
•1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
•2 cloves garlic*
•3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (2-1/2 oz)
•2 tbsp sherry vinegar
•2 tbsp rice vinegar
•1 tbsp water
•1 tbsp sugar
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce – or your fave hot sauce, to taste
•1/2 tsp Kosher salt
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper
*I buy marinated garlic from the olive bar at my market.
Place all of the dressing ingredients, except for the oil, in a blender jar and pulse until nicely chopped.
With the blender running, slowly stream the oil into the blender through the hole in the lid, until the dressing has absorbed the oil and you have this lovely, creamy looking basil salad dressing.
Toss the salad ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the dressing and toss to coat.
Cover and chill; or, serve at room temperature; it really is all good.