This waldorf salad recipe is made with bite size chunks of apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Fold these simple ingredients in a creamy dressing and serve over bib lettuce. Enjoy as a first course or light meal.
Waldorf Salad Recipe
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.
Have you also been stuck on thinking that condiments like mayonnaise is unnecessary fat? The reality?
NOT ALL FAT IS BAD FOR US!!
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!
Be sure to purchase a good quality creamy and rich tasting mayo 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 or how about grilled rib eye steak!
What Is Waldorf Salad Made Of?
Waldorf salad is made with easy to find ingredients. Gather the following;
- Apples, diced
- Grapes, sliced
- Celery, diced
- Walnuts, chopped
- Fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
What Type Of Apples Should I Purchase?
Any type of apple will be delicious in this recipe. The best apples have some juicy crunch to each bite. My favorite are one of the following;
- Red Delicious
Waldorf Salad Recipe with Fresh Crunchy Apples Over Bib Lettuce
Fresh cut chunks of apple and sliced grapes in a mayonnaise based creamy dressing topped with nuts. Enjoy over a bed of lettuce.
- 1/4 cup Real mayonnaise
- 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 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
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g
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I’ve never made waldorf salad but now I have to! I love how easy this recipe is!
I could eat all of this by myself… I totally agree regular mayo makes this sing!
Jennifer A Stewart
When I cooked for Holy Week at church we had a lady that made the same recipe every year and every year she asks everyone how to make it. Makes me laugh every time I see a recipe for Waldorf salad:)
That is a really delicious looking salad – a total Classic!
This is so perfect for summer! I am always looking for light meals when its hot out. This one sounds just perfect!!!
Dan from Platter Talk
This is a gorgeous an so delicious looking salad! I’ve never made a Waldorf salad and so once again, thanks for the inspiration – I can’t wait to have this one soon!
Quite possibly the perfect summertime lunch!
Jennifer A Stewart
I love the idea of serving with some chicken tenders! What a great combo!!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
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!
Jenny | Honey and Birch
This is perfect for a weekday lunch!
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!
What a fresh and beautiful salad perfect for a light lunch or a side dish. I love the beautiful bowl too. Is that pottery?
debi at Life Currents
I love this salad. The crunch of the lettuce, the sweetness of the apple, the creamy dressing. A perfect potluck dish!
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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This sounds like the perfect combination of sweet, savory and crunchy to me!
Mmm this looks soo wonderful!!!
This is one of my favorites! Love this salad especially during the warmer months!