Salads

Chef John's Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup creme fraiche
  • ½lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 large crisp, sweet apples, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup cubed (1/4 inch) celery root, soaked briefly in cold water, drained well
  • 1 cup quartered seedless green grapes
  • ½ cup toasted walnut pieces
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Whisk mayonnaise, creme fraiche, lemon juice, tarragon, sugar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne together in a bowl.

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  • Step 2

    Place apples, celery root, grapes, and walnut pieces in a large bowl. Toss with about 1/2 cup of dressing. Add more dressing until salad components are well coated but not swimming in dressing. You might not need all the dressing.

  • Step 3

    Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

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