Had Don Draper joined Conrad Hilton for dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, he would have been served this classic version.
Servings: 2 servings
Granny Smith apples
diced tender heart of celery
Lettuce or endive
Feel free to add your own additions
such as grapes or nuts. I added thinly sliced fennel and coarsely chopped pecans and garnished the salad with fennel fronds.
Peel the apples and remove the cores. Divide each in half and then cut into thin slices. Reserve 6 slices and cut the remainder into thin julienne strips.
Combine the julienne strips of apple with celery and toss with half the mayonnaise. Place the mixture in the middle of a salad bowl and spread the remainder of the mayonnaise. Garnish the rim of the salad with lettuce leaves and decorate with celery leaves and apple slices.
*I used a little less mayonnaise and added a squeeze of Meyer lemon for acidity to balance the richness of the mayonnaise.
Recipe from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.