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.