A Waldorf salad is a salad consisting of fine sliced apple and celery (Julienne), chopped walnuts, mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-based dressing. It was first created around 1893 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which opened in 1931).
In the 1991 novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, Waldorf salads are frequently mentioned and consumed. At a Christmas party thrown by protagonist Patrick Bateman's fiance Evelyn Williams, Evelyn worries about how well the Waldorf salad is received by her guests.
In the 1999 Albert Brooks / Sharon Stone film, The Muse, down on his luck Hollywood writer Brooks is awoken early in the AM by his "muse" (Stone) to bring her a Waldorf Salad from Spago's at her Four Seasons Hotel room. When he arrives, he is shadowed by a security guard, and after she claims disinterest in the salad now, he turns and runs into the barrel-chested guard, and ends up bathed in Waldorf Salad.
Fawlty Towers: ..WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BRUCE BOA Who Played Angry American Mr Hamilton; I've Been Round the World and All They Say Is Waldorf Salad
Sep 09, 2000; BRUCE Boa made TV history as irate American guest Mr Hamilton struggling with an equally angry Basil Fawlty to get a Waldorf...