Waldorf Salad

Waldorf SaladWaldorf Salad was a favorite side dish in my husband’s family when he was growing up.  It is a fresh, crisp salad with a lot of crunch.  Because my husband’s family is German, I thought the recipe originated in Germany, but after doing a little research I discovered that the Waldorf Salad was created in New York City at the Waldorf Hotel (which later merged with the Astoria Hotel and is now the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel).  Oscar Tschirky was the maître d’hôtel, or head waiter, at the Waldorf Hotel and he is credited with creating the recipe.  The original Waldorf Salad recipe contained only apples, celery, and mayonnaise.  Many variations on this salad have been developed over the years by adding turkey, chicken, raisins, dates, walnuts, and even cauliflower.  I prefer this version with grapes, but when I can’t get grapes at a reasonable price I will use raisins or dried cranberries instead.  Finding crisp apples for this salad is a must.  I like using two different varieties of apples when I make it, but if they aren’t in season I will use whatever apples I can find that are crisp.  I love this salad because it is so easy to make.  I usually have the ingredients on hand and it goes well with just about anything from sandwiches to a Sunday roast.  This recipe makes a big salad.  It serves 12-16 depending on serving sizes.

Waldorf Salad

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  • 3 crisp red apples (Pink Lady, Fuji, or Gala)
  • 3 crisp Granny Smith apples
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups red grapes, cut in half
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (about 3 stalks)
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • Green leaf lettuce or mixed greens


  • Slice apples then chop into bite-size pieces.
  • Place apple chunks in a bowl and toss in lemon juice.
  • Mix celery, grapes, and walnuts in with the apples.
  • Add mayonnaise or yogurt and stir until the fruit and nuts are well-coated.
  • Refrigerate salad until ready to serve.
  • Serve on a bed of green leaf lettuce or mixed greens.


  1. Liz says:

    Yum – thank you.

  2. Angela says:

    What a lovely, cool, delicious, and refreshing salad to enjoy as a ‘side-dish’ with dinner on a hot summer’s evening! (BTW, your choice of apples is ‘spot-on’!) Also, for those of us who like to eat ‘lite’, I’d cook a chicken breast, cool it, dice it, and add it into the salad. This would also make it a nice & lite luncheon dish. I’m anxious to try it.

  3. Mary says:

    We always add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the mayo. It makes it creamier and taste delicious with apples!

    • Echo says:

      Yum! I love that idea!

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