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Mouse Brain Salad

Oct 16th, 2008 by | 0

Our family have a slightly twisted sense of humour. When Steph was ten, like all children, she asked one evening, “what’s for dinner?” I was preparing a Waldorf Salad and looking down, it struck me how similar the walnut halves looked like a small brain. Knowing that Steph loves quirky observations, I told her we were having “Mouse Brain Salad”. She thought it was hysterically funny, and the name has stuck ever since. Here is our family recipe for “Mouse Brain Salad”.

  • 2 granny smith apples chopped into small cubes
  • 4 sticks of celery, washed and slighted thinly on an angle
  • small handful of fresh walnuts cut in half
  • low fat mayonnaise to mix (we use Praise)


  1. Make immediately before serving. It’s best that way.
  2. Make only what you need as it doesn’t store well.
  3. Buy the walnuts from a market. Avoid the packet kind which are often bitter because the oil in the walnuts has gone rancid.

My favourite place for buying walnuts is Sydney markets where there is a lovely “nut lady” we visit. The nuts are fabulous and once we tried these we couldn’t go back to the packaged kind in the supermarkets…and, they are cheaper at the markets.

(photography by: Alexander Wallnöfer)

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