This is just as easily made in the campsite - but it travels well as well. Bring apples, nuts, celery, raisins or crannies and dressings. It makes a great side for anything from burgers to steak - but is great on it's own for lunch, too. Or add smoked chicken and a little cubed Monterey Jack cheese and you've got a main dish meal.
Pictured: Waldorf salad ready to go
I make it with what I've got on hand - the constants are nuts, celery, dried fruit, apples, dressing. You can vary the tang a bit with the apples you use - I've used Granny Smiths, Jonagolds, but my favorites are Cosmic Crisp and Honeycrisp. The important thing is to use a really crisp, juicy apple. Any mushiness or mealiness and it is not a satisfactory dish. It makes all the difference. If you don't have crisp apples, don't waste the rest of the ingredients.
Pictured: Ready-to-dress ingredients
Nuts - use traditional walnuts, or pecans or almonds (for all, raw unsalted) And for dried fruit, raisins (Flame, Thompson, or even Golden, or a combo) or I'm kind of addicted to Craisins (dried cranberries, aka crannies.) For dressing, I mix equal parts of a good quality honey mustard and a poppyseed dressing. The combination of sweet and tangy is perfect.
Waldorf Salad GoSoloCamp
1 large or 2 medium crisp, firm apples, washed, cored, leave peels on
2 -3 large stalks firm celery, ends trimmed
1/2 C dried fruit ~ crannies, raisins, dried tart cherries, etc.
1/2 C raw walnuts, pecans, or almonds
1/4 C poppyseed dressing
1/4 C honey mustard dressing
Dice apples, celery, and nuts
Mix all fruit, nuts, and celery in a bowl
Add dressings, and mix well
Keep on ice to keep crisp.