Why not add Fisher® Nuts to a Waldorf Salad!
Fisher® Nuts Walnut Waldorf Salad
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Recipe Checklist:
Ingredients
  • ½ C Mayonnaise
  • 1 T fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 C Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, (Cooked, Diced)
  • 1 Apple, large (Rough Chopped)
  • 1 C Celery (Prepped, Sliced)
  • ½ C Fisher® Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 t Dried Tarragon
  • ¼ t Table Salt
  • ⅛ t Pepper
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) Mixed Salad Greens
Tools & Equipment
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Saute Pan (optional)
  • Second Medium Mixing Bowl (optional)
Estimated Time
10 Minutes
Yield
6 Servings
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We appreciate Fisher® Nuts sharing this improved Waldorf Salad. The addition of Walnuts kicks it up a notch. It’s simple, quick to make and delicious to eat. If you want to layer in even more flavor, try mixing in some seedless red grapes for a tasty twist.

Preparation

Because Smart Kitchen® is an online cooking school, we would begin our Preparation, the second of our Four Levers of Cooking™ by thinking about how we are going to address the cooked, Diced, boneless, skinless Chicken Breast. The quality of the Walnut Waldorf Salad will be influenced by the quality and handling of the ingredients.

For example, if you Sauté about a pound of high quality raw Chicken Breast just before use (à La Minute) and Dice it warm; you will elevate the flavor of your dish. Alternatively, you could open and drain a can of store-bought, pre-cooked and pre-diced chicken. It would likely be quicker and more economical.

Both approaches have their merits. Neither one is necessarily  "right," but we know which we would prefer. Learning to think like a chef, and work like a chef, is a process; one that you can start upon by just applying technique(s) when and where you can.

Similarly, with the Mayonnaise. You could use store bought product or you could use Hand Made Mayonnaise. If you have the time maybe give it a try and see if it is an improvement. If nothing else, making mayonnaise from scratch will demonstrate your personal Flair, the 4th of Smart Kitchen®'s Four Levers of Cooking.™ It will be more complicated and slightly more time consuming, but it is also a chance to learn and a tremendous flavor improvement. Frankly, you could try this recipe both ways and see which you prefer.

With the decisions about the Chicken Breast and mayonnaise settled, you will still have to prep your produce (Prepping Celery and Slicing it, coring and Rough Chopping the Apple, juicing the Lemon, if necessary, Washing the Salad Greens, etc.).

With all of your ingredients prepped, you are ready to move on to the Method stage, the active cooking / final assembly phase of the recipe.

Method

Essentially we are making a Bound Salad when making this Walnut Waldorf Salad. The Mayonnaise and Lemon Juice will be the binder once you mix them together in a Medium-Sized Mixing Bowl.

Next, stir in the ingredients to be bound, the diced chicken breast, the rough chopped apple, the sliced celery, the chopped walnuts, the dried tarragon, the salt, and the pepper. Mix everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

For service, prepare a bed of salad greens on an appropriate plate(s). Use a Kitchen Spoon to place a portion of Walnut Waldorf Salad onto the greens. Serve immediately.

If you have any leftover Walnut Waldorf Salad, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two to three days.