Don't hate me because I'm Waldorf

By Ginger's Kitchen
January 8, 2011
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Author Notes: We schemed up a dressing that starts with apple cider vinegar and cider. Then we assembled a party of fresh pals for our Fuji. The surprise guest turned out to be Explorateur triple cream, taking mayo's place. This plays out like a traditional Waldorf, but one you can love.Ginger's Kitchen

Serves: 2-4

  • 2 ounces cider vinegar
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely zested peeled fresh ginger
  • zest of 1 key lime
  • 4 ounces Explorateur, a triple cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup jicama, julienned
  • 1/2 cup sliced fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup julienned celeriac
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped Fuji or honeycrisp apple (@10 oz.)
  • juice of 1 key lime
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of fresh grated pepper
  • 2 ounces fennel fronds
  • 5 ounces dry pan roasted hazelnuts, rough chopped
  1. Mix the cider vinegar with the cider. Add the yellow raisins so they plump up a bit. Smoosh the ginger, lime zest, and Explorateur cheese into the liquid. Set the dressing aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the jicama, sliced fennel, onion, and apple. Pour the lime juice over the mix. Add the salt and pepper. Add some chopped fennel fronds, reserving half for garnish. Pan fry hazelnuts; add them to the salad. Toss with the dressing. Garnish with fennel fronds. Here's looking at you, Waldorf.

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