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Claremont Salad

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I was first introduced to Claremont salad at the Wegman’s deli counter. I grabbed a prepackaged container of it to go with a rotisserie chicken one night when a homemade dinner was just not in the cards for me. I was instantly hooked on the sweet and tangy salad made of cabbage, cukes, carrots and onion. Later that night I hit up google determined to find a recipe so I could make up my own batch of Claremont Salad. During my googling I found out that the Claremont Salad seems to of originated at the Claremont diner, go figure, a popular dinner in New Jersey. I have never been there, so I have no idea how this version stacks up to the original, but I do know that this salad is awesome!

Claremont salad Recipe from Home in the Finger Lakes

Claremont Salad

Claremont Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, Vidalia or Bermuda, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 3 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the cabbage, cucumbers, carrots and onion in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil, water and salt. Pour over the cabbage mixture, toss to coat and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Drain excess liquid before serving.

Claremont salad will keep in the refrigerator all week, and really only gets better the longer it marinades. Because Claremont salad does not involve any mayo or dairy like many cold summer salads it is my favorite dish to pass to bring to picnics and BBQs, summer heat and sunshine just don’t mix with mayo, at least not for any length of time.

Recipe Source: Allrecipes.com

Norm

Friday 10th of June 2022

OK, so one more person who grew up near the Claremont Diner (in fact it was walking distance!). They served this salad, which they called "health salad," for free--there was a bowl of it brought to to the table as soon as you sat down. Soon after, they brought over a basket of onion rolls--also amazing. Like other commenters, I completely forgot about the salad until I spotted it at Wegman's, and set about replicating it. Your recipe is excellent. I vary it in one possibly useful way: I heat the non-vegetables until they reach the boil, then pour the mixture over the vegetables, then wait exactly one hour before mixing carefully. One final fun fact about the Claremont diner: for years after the diner closed, no business could survive in that spot. Restaurants, car dealerships, they all closed. Some said it was Morris' curse, lol. Very glad you've brought this recipe to the Finger Lakes, a place I now call home!

Francine Loffredo

Sunday 10th of July 2022

@Norm, I also remember the Claremont Diner and that was my introduction to the "Claremont" Salad in the early 60s. I still make it to this day, as a matter of fact I am making it for our Game Nite next Wednesday. It's always a big hit.

Faith

Monday 7th of June 2021

I grew up near the Claremont diner. There was no place like it. Everyone knew the owner, Morris. And you always ran into someone you knew there. The Claremont salad was the best. I make it frequently. also, the cream of mushroom soup was fabulous as was all of the food. This site brought back such wonderful memories of my childhood. Thanks,

Barbara

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

@Faith, I also grew up eating this salad. Brings back memories ! We lived in Verona ! My mother would send me in just to buy a container of this salad.

Linda

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

I lived near the Claremont Diner growing up and that salad was amazing as was all of their food!!! My mom would replicate this salad all the time. I forgot all about this recipe until I needed to use a small head of cabbage that came in a produce delivery. The longer it marinates the better it is. I have also made it using Splenda - sacrilegious I know but it was for someone who insisted. It turned out good too..lol

Faith

Monday 7th of June 2021

@Linda, where did you grow up? We lived in Bloomfield and went to the Claremont frequently. Sure miss it !

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Dennis

Saturday 21st of March 2020

A full head of cabbage and the rest of the ingredients makes way too much! Try cutting the recipe in half.

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