Hudson’s Maurice Salad

Most Michiganders have heard of this classic salad  from Hudson’s Department Store.  Some Michigan natives, like me, have enjoyed it over the years and still do. It originated in the restaurant in their Detroit, Michigan store and soon appeared in other locations as branches opened.   Unfortunately the Detroit store closed; I am not sure when.  A few name changes from Hudson’s to Marshall Fields and now finally Macy’s.  There are a few restaurants still open, Novi for one, and I have a deli in my hometown where I can still buy  a Maurice Salad.

I decided to buy a salad at my Macy’s store  and  make the dressing recipe I have had for years and compare the two.  The only difference I could tell was the color (see picture below).  A drop of yellow food coloring would fix that.  There are a few versions out there but this one tastes almost identical to what I bought.  Some have tarragon in it and one recipe called for an extra teaspoon of Dijon and sugar.  All I know is the following recipe equals the deli at Macy’s where I live.


Hudson's Maurice Salad

  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion juice, or 2 tsp. onion, minced (see comment below)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I did not use low-fat for this taste test as I am sure Macy’s does not)
  • 1-2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste (not needed)
  • 14 oz. ham, cut into strips
  • 14 oz. turkey, cut into strips
  • 14 oz. swiss cheese, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup sweet gherkin pickles, slivered
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 12 pimento-stuffed green olives (optional – no thank you!)
  • hard cooked eggs cut into wedges

Combine the vinegar, lemon and onion juice, sugar and mustards; stir to dissolve sugar.  Add the mayonnaise, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the ham, turkey, cheese and pickles in a large bowl and toss together with the dressing.  Divide lettuce among plates and top with salad and garnish with olives (optional) and egg wedges.  Cherry tomatoes would be good on this salad.

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The picture below shows the two dressings; the yellowish one is from Macy’s and the other is the one I made.


Comment:  Onion juice is located with all of the spices but if you cannot find it you can make your own.  Grate pieces of onion and squeeze the pulp through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.


15 thoughts on “Hudson’s Maurice Salad

  1. I don’t think I ever went to Hudson’s restaurant and DIDN’T order the Maurice Salad, lol! It’s always been a favorite of mine…and I will gladly take the olives you won’t eat. 😉 I recently discovered that the MGM Casino in Detroit serves this in their buffet type restaurant. Though the ambiance doesn’t come close to the old Hudson’s, the salad sure came close. Thanks for this post…it brought back wonderful memories of the good old days. 😀


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