Now spring here means 56 degrees and rain showers occur most of the day but that's a true Washington spring even if it's supposed to happen in March as opposed to the end of April. Hey we'll celebrate summer coming in any way possible. And the final arrival of spring means summer has to be around the corner.
So this week's recipe for Gutsty Cooks from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible for Waldorf Salad I decided to go with the "willing summer to come" route in making some major adaptations.
Like most children of the 60's & 70's I grew up with Waldorf salad. Usually made by my grandmother for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Full of apples, celery and usually raisins. It's definitely a nostalgic dish for me.
|Supposedly the Waldorf Salad Originated from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel|
|The version I grew up on usually looked something like this.|
I came home and knew I was going to make this dish and on my afternoon run I plotted out adding shrimp, tarragon and red onion served on an avocado. Similar to different summer seafood salads I've made with avocado but this will be a first with adapting a Waldorf.
And how can anything with these fresh ingredients be bad and I kept playing the flavors over and over in my head and still thought "hey, this could work."
I gathered my ingredients:
Did you know Washington State is the #1 apple producing states in the USA. So it's always bit disappointing to cut into an apple that is mushy and brown on the inside. 1 of my 4 tonight resulted in this disappointment.
I diced my apples, I used Braeburn because they were on sale. Pink Ladies are our current favorite apple. But even in the "Apple State" they were 3.99 a pound today. After dicing the apples I squeezed 1 lemon to keep them from turning brown.
I then chopped some celery, red onion, .
fresh tarragon and chives
I mixed these fresh ingredients with 1/2 cup light mayo and salt and pepper.
I then sliced open the avocados and was so happy to see they were just right. I've had bad luck with avocados lately it seems. These were firm but creamy. Just right!
I then added almonds to the salad mixture and scooped some salad on top of the avocados.
We served this light and fresh dish with some creamy basil tomato soup to round out our dinner.
We both thought it was the perfect Monday Night "summer will eventually come" kinda meal.
And G's only complaint is that he doesn't like raw celery. Of which my response was "the raw celery adds just the right bit of crunch needed."
My adapted Shrimp Waldorf Recipe: (I used little measuring and it turned out great, so adjust amounts to fit your needs.)
1/2 Small Salad Shrimp cooked, peeled and deveined (I bought them this way)
4 Braeburn Apples (Any crisp apple would work in my opinion)
3 stalks celery
1/4 red onion, diced
3 Tblspns fresh tarragon, chopped
2 Tblspns fresh chives, chopped
1/2 Cup Light Mayo
1/4 Cup sliced almonds
2 avocados sliced and pitted
salt & pepper
Mix ingredients with mayo. Serve on avocados.
We had plenty for our meal and at least 2-3 servings to have for lunch the next day as well.