Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mikl's Magic Waldorf Salad

Mikl's Magic Waldorf Salad

The next part of the First Course of Masters Banquet is a salad that blends the sweet of a Waldorf salad with the sightly bitterness of baby spinach. You get a deep beautiful green leafy bed with Red Apples and just a touch of toasted nuts.


Like most of this dinner, it is made beforehand and all you have to do the day of the get together is assemble and serve! In fact, the Waldorf tastes best if allowed to refrigerate a couple of days.
Again remember many courses means smaller portions!

Mikl's Magic mayonnaise
1 can sweetened condensed milk Non-fat
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil (canola oil works fine also olive oil)
2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 egg yolks: slave uses pasteurized eggs since this is not cooked.

Salad Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • 3 sweet apples, cored and chopped Like Gala
  • Mikl's Magic Mayonnaise (Use no more than half of above recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 packages of pre-washed baby spinach

In small mixer bowl, combine all ingredients for the mayonnaise. Whisk until mixture thickens. (cover and refrigerate to blend flavors.)
Store leftovers in a clean sealed jar.

Do your cutting for the salad:
The celery

The apples

In a non stick skillet on medium high heat toast the walnuts. No need to any oil. Stir occasionally. This step will make your dish stand out above any store bought salad! This only takes about 5 minutes and you can tell when its done because of the wonderful aroma that comes up! Just don't burn your nuts ;-)

In a large bowl, mix the apples, celery, walnuts, and cranberries. Then add about a half of the recipe for Mikl's Magic mayonnaise. This is best chilled overnight. 

On day of banquet: Open and rinse the spinach, then pat it dry.

Put this out in handfuls on your cutting board. With a pizza cutter, run it back and forth to quickly cut the green leaves into thin strips not as small as Easter grass. Remember spinach is notorious for sticking to your teeth! Place a small handful on each salad plate.

Spoon about ½ Cup of the Magic Waldorf salad on top of each “nest” to serve. 

The natural bitterness of the baby spinach will balance out the sweetness of the apple-mayonnaise mixture.

Tomorrow slave will post a running description of the main course. It will include pictures and a time like of when you have to cook what so that everything will be ready to serve from a 200 degree oven and how to plate.

It is going to be an exciting dinning event and You will have done a banquet without knowing how to cook!

Slave always fumbles a bit when trying to describe how great it feels to be allowed to serve my Master Indy.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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