Vegan “Waldorf salad”

Preparation time
overnight

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves
Serves 2

Dietary
Vegetarian

By Glynn Purnell

Ingredients

For the pickled raisins

  • 300ml/10fl oz white wine vinegar
  • 300g/10½oz caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp white peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 450g/1lb raisins

For the vegan mayonnaise

  • 120g/4½oz unsweetened soya milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 240ml /9fl oz rapeseed oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the celeriac and apple remoulade

  • 300g/10½oz celeriac, spiralised
  • 300g/10½oz Granny Smith apples, spiralised
  • 1 tbsp celery salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 150g/5½oz vegan mayo (see above)
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • black pepper

For the blue cheese beignets

  • 5 tbsp cornflour
  • 200g/7oz vegan blue cheese, cut into wedges
  • 100g/3½oz gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 120g/4½oz gluten-free plain flour

For the walnuts

  • 100g/3½oz walnuts
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • icing sugar
  • salt

For the scorched lettuce

  • 1 cos lettuce, split into quarters, edges and root trimmed
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • celery leaves, to garnish
  • handful watercress, to garnish

Method

  1. To make the pickled raisins, put all the ingredients, except for the raisins, in a saucepan with 300ml/10fl oz water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. While still warm, pour over the raisins in a sealable plastic container and leave overnight.

  2. To make the mayonnaise, use a hand-held blender to whisk together the soya milk, vinegar and lemon juice. Slowly drizzle in the oil, while still blending, until you have a thick mayonnaise-like consistency. Season to taste.

  3. To make the celeriac and apple remoulade, season the celeriac with the 1 tablespoon of the celery salt in a bowl and leave for 20 minutes.

  4. Rinse the salt off the celeriac through a sieve and tip onto a clean tea towel. Gather up the edges and twist to squeeze out any excess moisture. Tip into a clean bowl.

  5. Add the Granny Smith apples to the celeriac. Mix the mayonnaise and the mustard together, then fold into the celeriac and apple until fully combined. Season to taste using celery salt, black pepper and lemon juice.

  6. To make the cheese beignets, preheat a deep-fat fryer to 180C. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  7. Mix together the cornflour with 75ml/2½fl oz water in a shallow bowl. Put the plain flour in a second shallow bowl and the breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.

  8. Dip each blue cheese wedge into the flour, then into the cornflour mix, then into the breadcrumbs. Make sure they are all evenly coated.

  9. Deep-fry the bonbons for 2–3 minutes until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  10. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  11. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease with rapeseed oil. Sprinkle the walnuts over the baking paper and dust with icing sugar.

  12. Bake for 4–5 minutes, until just starting to caramelise. Season with salt and set aside to cool.

  13. Scorch the inside of the lettuce with a blow torch (alternatively, griddle the lettuce, cut side down, on a hot griddle pan), and season with vinaigrette and nutritional yeast flakes.

  14. Place the lettuce onto a serving plate and top with the remoulade, raisins, walnuts, yeast flakes, celery leaves and watercress. The cheese on the side.