Waldorf Salad

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First presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1893, this all-American Waldorf salad recipe includes chopped apples, celery, grapes, and toasted walnuts in a mayonnaise dressing.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Waldorf Salad is a favorite around here, particularly in the fall when apples and walnuts are in season. It’s especially popular around the holidays, gracing many a Thanksgiving and holiday spread.

According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria.

The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts were added later to this now American classic.

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Some prefer their Waldorf salad made with yogurt, instead of mayo. I usually stay in the mayonnaise camp (which is what we are using in this recipe), but feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if you prefer. In which case you may need to add some honey to offset the added tartness of the yogurt.

Seems like everyone has their favorite version of Waldorf Salad! If you have one you would like to share, please tell us about it in the comments.

Waldorf Salad Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If using yogurt, omit the lemon juice. You may also want to add a little honey to balance the tartness of the yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp mayonnaise (or plain yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sweet apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half (or 1/4 cup of raisins)
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
  • Lettuce

Method

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt), lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Erlee

    I use half Mayo and half Whipped cream, a little Maple syrup for dressing. I also used can pineapple tidbits to add something that’s easier to chew, dry cranberry or raisin. I also use walnuts and pecan baked at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, then slightly chopped. Apples and celery are chopped smaller and grapes cut in half when it’s quite huge.

  • Catherine Locke

    Love this I used pecans instead of walnuts and added bananas family loved it

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  • Nancy Z

    I have a little Southern twist. I used the mayonnaise (Dukes brand) dressing. I added golden raisins, red grapes, celery, red and green apples, pecans rather than walnuts (chopped) and celery.
    Delicious!!!

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  • Lisa

    This was so good. My mother used to put rinsed/drained red kidney beans in hers. I wonder if she cooked/cooled them.

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  • Sheri

    I did not expect to like this salad, because I am not a big mayo fan (and the yogurt option did not appeal to me). But, I was having a 1930’s Manhattan themed dinner party, and thought that this would be the perfect salad. And, it was!! It was a big hit with everyone! Super easy to make and very autumnal as well! Thanks!

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