Apples make a refreshing salad to ward off the heat on hot days. One of the most popular salads that use apples is Waldorf salad, which was created in 1893 and first served in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and hence the name. The original recipe for Waldorf salad consists of diced red skinned apples and chopped celery dressed in mayonnaise. Later, chopped walnuts were added and soon became an American classic. Waldorf salad is typically served on a bed of lettuce. Some popular additions include raisins, grapes, chicken, or turkey. There are also variations that use yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
Crisp, sweet and juicy apples also make an excellent addition to potato salad. The apples can be diced the same size and shape as the potatoes for a beautiful presentation. The contrast of the soft and starchy potatoes to the crunchy, sweet and tart apples is simply divine. Dress the potato and apple salad with mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. You can also add chicken, turkey, or ham for better flavor and texture. Celery and carrots can also be added for a lively presentation.
For something more gourmet, combine chopped apples with endives, spinach, walnuts, and blue cheese and toss in vinaigrette, then season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also use cheddar or feta cheese if you don’t like blue cheese. Apples go exceptionally well with a wide range of cheeses and nuts. Combine apples with Brie, Camembert, Emmental, Swiss cheese, Gruyere, Gouda, or Parmesan, as well as with pecans, almonds, cashews, chestnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, pistachios, or macadamia. Add dried fruits like raisins, currants, prunes, or mangos and toss with leafy greens and season with honey mustard of fruity vinaigrette. Herbs like basil, sage, mint, and thyme also go great with apples in a salad.