Classic Waldorf Salad with Fresh Crunchy Apples Over Bib Lettuce

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Classic Waldorf salad made with bite size chunks of apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts.  These simple ingredients are folded in a creamy dressing and served over bib lettuce.  Enjoy as a first course or light meal.

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Often times the simplest recipes are the best tasting, and should be on the menu often!

Credit of this recipe goes Oscar Tschirky, the maitre’d of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (1893-1943).  A delightful salad that has lots of crunchy textures and is quite refreshing.

This recipe has been in circulation for eons, and not as popular as it once was.  When was the last time you ate a Waldorf salad?  I usually pass up on mayonnaise based dressing, so it’s been years for me.

My mayonnaise aversion has run deep and frankly, I have no use for my silly, silly reasoning for keeping it off my lips anymore.  I’ve been so stuck on thinking that condiments like mayonnaise is unnecessary fat when in reality

NOT ALL FAT IS BAD FOR US!!

Classic Waldorf Salad with chunks of apple, sliced grapes folded in a creamy dressing #salad #waldorf #lunch | www.thefoodieaffair.com

Come to think of it, I bet the fat from the mayonnaise will help normalize a spike in blood sugar from the fruit in the salad!

There is a time to substitute mayonnaise for Greek yogurt, but not in this Classic Waldorf Salad!

Get a good quality creamy and rich tasting mayo that is made from quality ingredients.  Make sure that there isn’t extra sugar, preservatives or artificial colorings listed.  If you look closely at the ingredient list you can easily identify the better option between brands.

Serve over a bed of lettuce for a light lunch or add chunks of chicken for a heartier meal or serve these baked chicken tenders on the side!

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Classic Waldorf Salad with Fresh Crunchy Apples Over Bib Lettuce
 
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Real mayonnaise
  • ½ fresh lemon, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 small red apples (Gala, Red Delicious, Fuji), cored and chopped
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup celery (about 4 small stalks), sliced
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Bib lettuce
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Dice apples and fold the lemon juice over each piece in a medium bowl. Add to mayonnaise mix and fold in celery, grapes and walnuts. Refrigerate for about ½ hour. Serve over lettuce leaves.

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Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
 

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11 Comments on Classic Waldorf Salad with Fresh Crunchy Apples Over Bib Lettuce

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    Angela says:
    April 29, 2017

    This is one of my favorites! Love this salad especially during the warmer months!

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    Deanna says:
    April 30, 2017

    Mmm this looks soo wonderful!!!

  3. This sounds like the perfect combination of sweet, savory and crunchy to me!

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    Debra C. says:
    April 30, 2017

    I totally agree with you Sandra – purchase a good quality mayonnaise and not all fat is bad. Many family members are diabetic and I’ve learned to be smart about choices (so hopefully I don’t go down that road!). This classic salad offers the perfect delicious balance!

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    April 30, 2017

    I love this salad. The crunch of the lettuce, the sweetness of the apple, the creamy dressing. A perfect potluck dish!

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    Julie says:
    April 30, 2017

    What a fresh and beautiful salad perfect for a light lunch or a side dish. I love the beautiful bowl too. Is that pottery?

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    Michelle says:
    April 30, 2017

    It looks wonderful! And I agree not all fat is bad. All in moderation, right? I need to try this soon…I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a Waldorf salad!

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    April 30, 2017

    You are so right; I can’t remember the last time I ate Waldorf salad! The recipe is so simple and full of yummy ingredients, so I will definitely have to make it soon!

  9. avatar
    May 1, 2017

    I love the idea of serving with some chicken tenders! What a great combo!!

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