Peel, core and medium dice the red delicious apples. Apples start with approximately 2 pounds of apple to yield 1 1/4 pounds of diced apple. Place in a mixing bowl and mix with the lemon juice. This will keep the apple from discoloring. Before dicing the celery, blanch it in boiling water for 60 seconds and cool it with cold water. This will bring out the sweet flavor and extend the salads shelf life. Combine diced apple, lemon juice, mayonnaise, celery and chill. Serve on a bed of lettuce topped with walnuts and add a simple fruit garnish. Traditionally this is also served with tiny sweet finger sandwiches. (Example: date nut bread and raspberry jam.)
Serve with: Boston or Romaine leaf lettuce .
Recipe courtesy of Marc Melillo