Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad is said to have been created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel (now the Waldorf-Astoria) in New York City. The fresh salad almost always includes chopped apples, grapes, celery and nuts and is dressed with a mayonnaise and lemon juice dressing. I first had this probably 10 years ago or so and instantly fell in love. I love the combination of apples, grapes and walnuts, and sometimes I add raisins as well. You can really experiment with all different sorts of variations – apples or pears, different nuts and dried fruits. It’s totally versatile and makes an awesome spring or summertime lunch, and is also perfect for serving at tea party-type settings such as baby or wedding showers.

I am sharing this recipe as a part of Kelly’s Tea Party for the Cure campaign. Foodbuzz has teamed up Electrolux and Kelly Ripa to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and also raise funds for research. Foodbuzz and Electrolux are partnering to host a Top 9 Tea Party Takeover on Friday, March 25th. In a Top 9 Takeover, Foodbuzz asks all Featured Publishers to construct a post around a theme and then, for one day only, all Top 9 posts reflect that theme. For this Electrolux Tea Party Top 9 Takeover, Featured Publishers were asked to create the perfect tea party recipe. Foodbuzz is donating $50 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for every tea party recipe created by a Featured Publisher before March 23rd.

I am thrilled to be taking part in another Top 9 Takeover for a good cause (you might remember my Ultimate Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Split last summer), and encourage you to check out http://www.kelly-confidential.com to learn more. Plus, if you select a tea party outfit on the site, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

‘Tis the season for girly, summer parties!

Two years ago: Irish Soda Bread
Three years ago: Brioche Raisin Snails

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 cups cubed apples (peeled and cored)
1 cup halved red grapes
Β½ cup chopped celery
ΒΌ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2/3 cup mayonnaise


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except lettuce; mix lightly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. To serve, place a large leaf of lettuce on a plate and spoon a generous serving onto the middle of the lettuce leaf.

(Recipe adapted from an old Pillsbury "Garden Fresh Salads & Vegetables" recipe booklet of my mom's from 1990)


27 Responses to “Waldorf Salad”

  1. Happy When Not Hungry on March 21, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This looks so delicious and perfect for spring too! Love the red grapes in there as well. Yum!


  2. Katrina on March 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Mmm I love this salad! I also fell in love with this when I first tried it. It’s gotta be the apples.


  3. Mandie V. on March 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    This is just one of those foods I cannot wrap my palate around. I can’t do fruit and mayo together. But if I DID like it, I’d try your recipe!


    • Barbara | VinoLuciStyle on March 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Mandie maybe you could try substituting some or all of the mayo with yogurt? I do that to cut the fat calories and it’s equally good.


  4. Alicia Marie on March 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I absolutely love this salad. Sometimes I’ll add chicken if I need a heartier protein-filled lunch. Also, to make it a bit lighter, sometimes I’ll swap out the mayonnaise for non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Although, Chobani just came out with a lemon flavored Greek yogurt, so I might try that with a little extra lemon juice. Yum-O! Thanks for the post!


  5. Nicole on March 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Oh my gosh – this brought back some wonderful memories! My grandma used to make Waldorf Salad all the time for family holiday gatherings. Your post and my nostalgia are making me crave this salad tonight!


  6. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on March 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I LOVE the Waldorf salad! So delicious and absolutely perfect for a Spring party!


  7. Jenny Flake on March 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Loving this! So mmmmm!!


  8. Maria on March 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Perfect for lunch!


  9. doughmesstic on March 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Delicious, and such a great cause. Good for you!


  10. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks on March 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Easily one of my favorite salads. I make mine exactly the same as you do.


  11. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking on March 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Waldorf Salad — how funny! Must remedy that πŸ™‚


  12. Tracy on March 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Love the combination of smooth and crunchy in this dish. I’ve never had this salad before but it sounds delicious!


  13. Sharlene on March 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    This is a wonderful addition to the tea party! Waldorf salad is one of my favorites. I wish I had more excuses to eat it!


  14. Nisha @ lovelaughmirch on March 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I am so excited that I stumbled upon this recipe πŸ™‚ I am in lovvveeee with Waldorf Chicken Salad! I am always asking the chef at work when he is going to make it next. Looking forward to trying your version!


  15. lauramich on March 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My twist on Waldorf salad for a healthful, late summer or early fall breakfast: Use whipped cottage cheese (I go with 1% fat) as a binder instead of mayo. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with toasted wheat English muffin or whole wheat tortilla.


  16. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com on March 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the Waldorf with my mother and her introducing me to this salad. It was delicious then and delicious now!


  17. Cookin' Canuck on March 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    A wonderful classic salad for a very worthy cause.


  18. Edie on March 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Our family recipe for this is from my British grandmother. Rather than a mayo based dressing, we make our own sweet & sour dressing. So good!


  19. bridget {bake at 350} on March 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Waldorf salad was always my favorite as a kid…and still is! πŸ™‚


  20. Stephanie on March 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    This is absolute perfection!


  21. Bridget on March 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    My family makes a desserty version of this at the holidays – usually apples, grapes, and maraschino cherries, plus or minus nuts, with lightly sweetened whipped cream instead of mayo. I could eat tubs of it.


  22. Joy on March 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I have never had a waldoft salad. That looks wonderful.


  23. Christine on March 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I used to make this salad all the time for lunch at school. It was always very satisfying! To make it a bit healthier (and egg free), I would drizzle olive oil and a bit of lemon juice over the salad instead of the mayo and it was still pretty good! Not quite the purist’s version, but that’s okay. πŸ™‚


  24. Korina @ Recipes Copycat on March 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Definitely the best presented Waldorf Salad I have ever seen!


  25. Jessica Chiasson-Wood on March 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Great Summer salad! Thanks for sharing.


  26. audrey on March 18, 2013 at 4:15 am

    i mix the fruit with vanilla yogurt and cool whip (not fat free) sooooo yummy!
    just mix the yogurt and cool whip together and blend with all other ingredients.


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