Where's Waldorf? Salad with My Friend Izzy's Epic Dressing

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup whole walnut halves

1 heart celery with greens, wiped clean and chopped

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup red seedless grapes, split

2 Gala apples, seeded and chopped

1 lemon, juiced

3 tablespoons honey, eyeball it

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, eyeball it

2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it

2 to 3 tablespoons cream, eyeball it

Salt and pepper

1 head Bibb lettuce or butter lettuce


  1. Toast nuts in a small skillet over moderate heat in a small pan until aroma develops and nuts crisp a bit, 5 to 6 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine walnuts, celery, onion, grapes and apples in a medium bowl. Whisk lemon juice, honey, vinegar, cardamom, dill and mustead, then whisk in extra-virgin olive oil in a slow stream. When oil becomes incorporated stream in cream, then season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Dress salad and adjust salt and pepper, to taste. Use 2 large lettuce leaves per serving to form a bed for the salad.