“Although General Foods calls this Jell-O gelatin salad ‘New Manhattan’ in its 1933 booklet What You Can Do with Jell-O, it is actually a congealed Waldorf Salad, and that’s how it is generally known today.  The first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893 by Oscar Tschirky, the formidable maître d’hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.” Jean Anderson, The American Century Cookbook

1 (3 ounce) package lemon flavored gelatin

2 cups warm water

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup finely diced tart apples

½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 cup finely diced celery

8 lettuce leaves


1.   Dissolve gelatin in warm water; mix in vinegar and salt.  Pour a thin layer into a 4 to 6 cup mold.  Chill until tacky – 10 to 15 minutes.  At the same time, pour remaining gelatin into a large, shallow pan and chill until consistency of unbeaten egg white — about 15 minutes.

2.   Mix apples, walnuts and celery and arrange on tacky layer in mold.  Top with remaining gelatin and chill for several hours or until firm.

3.   To serve, unmold, cut into wedges and serve on lettuce leaves.

from Jean Anderson, The American Century Cookbook

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