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Monday, October 8, 2012

Vegan MoFo in NYC, Day 8: Waldorf Salad

I'm not sure if all the MoFoing reflects it, but I typically like to eat fairly healthy and less bagel-y (thought with a fair dose of booze thrown in.) I'll probably be recreating a couple typical New York foods that I usually try to stay away from, but what the hell. Luckily, this is not one of them. Is anyone else running into this sort of conundrum? Eating differently for the sake of a theme? Or am I really that OCD? Don't answer that.
Anyway, I found myself this morning eating salad for breakfast, so I'd have good light in which to photograph the meal. And, to be honest, it wasn't so bizarre! (See this post and this one from Choosing Raw.)
Enter: The Waldorf Salad.


This dish was created in the 1890s at the Waldorf Hotel in Manhattan and usually consists of lettuce, celery, apples, walnuts, and grapes in a mayonnaise dressing.
I've always hated mayonnaise and have found no reason to ever want to buy vegan mayo - my typical sub (for savory dishes and NO I won't be baking a mayonnaise chocolate cake anytime soon) is tahini! I used about a tablespoon of tahini, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and water to thin the mixture, and drizzled it over the salad (This also works for tempeh and tofu salads - probably potato salad too, if you wanted to try.)
I am also kind of weird about grapes...in that I like them but never want to eat them, so I just left them out of the salad, rather than buying a bunch and having them go to waste. The apple is an Empire apple from the farmer's market, making it the most New York-y apple I could buy. The lettuce was also from the FarMar and it was funny because I never eat salad with lettuce anymore - it's usually a spinach, kale, or collard base. But this green leaf lettuce was nice and, um, fluttery? Very delicate.
The Waldorf was actually perfect for a breakfast salad: sweet but hearty and healthy. A nice change of pace and probably less work than half-hour oatmeal.

27 comments:

  1. I am so with you on most things in this post! My post today was a break from my theme because I've been eating too many heavy, rich meals and my tummy has been angry because of it. I decided to give myself a break today and I'm so glad I did. I also have a light dish in mind for tomorrow :)

    This salad looks amazing! I LOVE your tahini sub because like you, I don't like mayo. At all. I actually have a pretty intense aversion to it. So I love that you subbed in tahini. Everything in it sounds pretty great. Classic NY, great job!

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    1. Good call. Definitely listen to yr body on that one. I know I'm eating a little weirdly too, and while I don't feel the effects, I'll be glad to go back to normal. For now, it's still a fun deviation.

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  2. Um, I am afraid to admit it, but all the crazy recipes I came up with last year during MoFo made me gain about 8 lbs. No lie.

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    1. It's so crazy! I feel the same! It's all for a good, tasty cause though. ... Right?

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  3. You know how I love tahini, and am not so fond of mayo so I think your dressing is a big improvement. It's pretty recent that I've been able to add walnuts to salad but I'm still not there with apple, so no Waldorf salad happening around here. Even though I probably wouldn't make it, I probably would eat it if someone else made it. Why is that?

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    1. I was wary of apple in my salad but the lemon juice and tangy tahini sauce balanced it pretty well. I'm a lot better about being adventurous when others serve me something too, if only so as not to seem rude!

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  4. I think fluttery is the perfect description for lettuce--you ok with me stealing it? :)

    And I'm totally with you--no salads for breakfast yet (isn't a green smoothie kind of like that? But blended? Hmm...), but I had to photograph half cooked food tonight in order to catch the light before it got dark. Pretty weird, trying to take apart a composed dish to keep cooking it!

    As for your Waldorf, oh wow, it looks soooo much more appetizing than my mom's version. She used to make it all the time for her catering jobs and it seriously turned me off. I hate regular mayo (but do adore veganaise), but I love the idea of using tahini. I'm totes trying this after picking up some apples next week at market!

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    1. I look forward to "fluttery" being the hot new adjective used for lettuce :)
      Let me know if you do make this with the tahini! It was easy and pretty fun. Just hard to know what time to eat it...

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  5. Agreed - no thanks on the mayo front. I can handle the vegan version in very small amounts, or well mixed in. However, I didn't eat traditional mayo because I pictured the raw eggs, which grossed me out. Super long comment short, I love the Waldorf Salad! Yum!

    I occasionally eat differently for the sake of everyday posts - "what can I eat that they haven't seen recently?". So, I get it. ;)

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    1. Yeah, that's usually when I stop posting for a while. "I've eaten the same meal every day for a week! How sad."

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  6. A Waldorf Salad made with Tahini is pretty brilliant if you ask me. You should try to.patent/trademark that one.

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    1. Hmmmmm who do I talk to about that one?? The Tahini Board??

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  7. I am a lover of mayo (sorry if that grossed you out) but I would rather have tahini any day, for many reasons: taste and health being the top 2. Love the idea of a waldorf with tahini. And I had no idea about the history behind this salad that shows up at every family potluck.

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    1. I like learning the history of dishes! They're usually pretty fun.

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  8. Also, my theme is health promotion and I've been eating platefuls of donuts. So I guess the theme hasn't really had the same effect on me :/

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  9. Does it count that if I bring a salad to work for lunch I sometimes eat it for breakfast?

    Oh, and if you have the urge to recreate a vegan version of a NY black & white cookie, please do call me immediately!

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    1. It counts! I was thinking about you eating cucumber for breakfast when you were doing yr cleanse last year. Haha, rather than green juice.
      I'm intending on making the cookies.... I hope it works out.

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  10. I'm with you on the mayo thing: never liked it--a disgusting substance.

    I do like salad for breakfast though, I actually eat that pretty often. Your Waldorf looks good!

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    1. What kind of breakfast salads do you make?

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  11. I love that you sub tahini for mayo. Such a great idea!

    It does seem like a lot of bloggers are straying from their usual fare for MoFo, but I like that. It keeps things varied. :)

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    1. Thanks, molly. I'm glad I found a good sub. I like the change of pace of moFo too :)

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  12. I actually love mayonnaise, but I think using tahini in salad dressing is a good idea who's time has come. Green leaf is my favorite variety of lettuce, and yes it is very fluttery. ;-)

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  13. I recently did a post on waldorf pizza, seriously. I grew up on my mom's rendition of waldorf salad, but I really like your rendition, since I am off the vegennaise. Yes, I am running head first into this conundrum. Tonight's theme in particular. I just wanna go back to bed. Im totally with you, normally I could just live on a kale and carrot salad and a smoothee, but I can't show that everyday. Great funny post ;)

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    1. Waldorf pizza??? Do you cook the lettuce?? I'd love to know more about that!

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    2. No lettuce on the pizza, but I bet arugula might work.

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  14. That's good to know about your tahini and lemon juice swap! I've got to remember to try that. I was thinking about coleslaw today for a future post, and I was wondering what I could use instead of Vegenaise or homemade mayo.

    I'm totally with you on eating differently for the sake of a theme. Since I'm doing parties, I feel like the food has to be kind of festive, but most nights I'd prefer a big salad for dinner! Although, it could be kind of hilarious to just do a variety of salads for every party. Any naysayers in my life would say, "Yep. We figured that's what she'd serve at her parties, and that's why we're always busy those nights!" ;)

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