Make Ahead

The Maurice

October  4, 2022
4 Ratings
Photo by inpatskitchen
  • Serves 4 to 6 for lunch or dinner
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

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup homemade mayo or a good quality commercial one
  • 3/4 cup 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 pound sliced and then diced deli ham
  • 3/4 pound 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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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

7 Reviews

pamnoga March 15, 2022
This is not even close to Maurice dressing.
thirteenJ October 7, 2012
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!!
inpatskitchen October 7, 2012
So glad you enjoyed! Is this the recipe you're looking for?

I called it Sweet and Sour House Salad...another trip down memory lane for me!
thirteenJ September 30, 2012
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!
inpatskitchen September 30, 2012
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!
boulangere July 14, 2012
Another trip in the wayback machine!
inpatskitchen July 14, 2012
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)