Waldorf Salad

MAKES: 4 servings

TIME: 15 minutes

This should be a peppery blend of apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Nuts are optional, as are raisins, a bit of honey, and grated carrots, any of which may appeal to you but none of which is essential.

Try using half yogurt and half mayo, which, though not traditional, makes a tart and (I think) better balanced salad.

3 large or 4 medium Granny Smith or other tart apples

3 celery stalks, trimmed and stringed

About 1/2 cup mayonnaise (see make your own)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (optional)

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

01 Peel and core the apples; cut them into 1/2-inch dice. Chop the celery into 1/2-inch dice. Toss them together and add just enough mayonnaise to make the mixture slightly creamy.

02 Add salt, lots of pepper, and walnuts if you are using them; toss. Add some lemon juice, then taste and add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed.