The Maurice

By • July 14, 2012 • 6 Comments



Author Notes: This is my adaptation of the now defunct JL Hudson Company's famous Maurice Salad which apparently was introduced during the 1930s at their flagship store on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. I loved going to Hudson's either downtown or at one of the many store branches in the area to have this salad. In the 1970s I was determined to make it myself and developed this recipe. The original recipe was eventually published in the 1990s. My version is simpler but I think just as tasty. It's a meal in itself and demands iceberg lettuce!inpatskitchen

Serves 4 to 6 for lunch or dinner

  • 1 cup homemade mayo or a good quality commercial one
  • 3/4 cups salad dressing you know...MW)
  • 1 medium onion grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 3/4 pounds sliced and then diced deli ham
  • 3/4 pounds sliced and then diced roasted deli turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 pound sliced and then diced Swiss cheese
  1. Combine the mayo, salad dressing, grated onion, eggs and parsley in a mixing bowl and then refrigerate to let the flavors blend.
  2. Toss the lettuce, ham, turkey or chicken and Swiss cheese in a large salad bowl. At this point either toss with as much dressing as you like or pass the dressing for individual servings.
  3. NOTE: For authenticity, the original was always served with a few pimiento stuffed olives on the side along with sweet gherkins.
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almost 2 years ago thirteenJ

YUMMY! That's Old School Higbee's Silver Grille Maurice Salad!
(what's not to like when the dressing is basically egg salad!)
And now every time I see the jar of "MW" in my fridge, I'll be reminded of my Grandparents!
Thank you, inpatskitchen!
Now I think you have a recipe for a sweet "House" salad dressing I have to find and try!!

Dscn3274

almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

So glad you enjoyed! Is this the recipe you're looking for?

http://www.food52.com/recipes...

I called it Sweet and Sour House Salad...another trip down memory lane for me!

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almost 2 years ago thirteenJ

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Here in Cleveland, the flagship Higbee's store, downtown on Public Square, served a Maurice in its art deco 10th floor Silver Grille Restaurant. What a treat the entire experience was!
Have to make this!

Dscn3274

almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank YOU thirteenj! Every time I make this I think of trips to downtown Detroit when I was a kid, trips to the local mall when my 3 kids were in strollers and lunches with the ladies on the block when our kids were very little and playing in the backyard. Please let me know if it's much like the one you remember!

Dscn2212

about 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Another trip in the wayback machine!

Dscn3274

about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Actually I think Macys in Michigan is still serving this although I've been told they've been skimping a little. And yes....I'm old enough to go way way back!(LOL)