Waldorf Salad Recipe

This classic waldorf salad recipe resembles the original one created at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City in the 1890's.  

That salad contained apples, celery and mayonnaise, a combination that has been the base of many different versions over the past 100 years.

There are many ways to build this tasty salad, I have made a basic one with a few extra ingredients and slightly different dressing. 

For this version I have added the most popular ingredients to the original recipe: walnuts and grapes.

I also mixed the mayonnaise with yogurt and a little lemon juice to mellow out the strong taste of the mayonnaise.

Waldorf salad with lemon juice dressing.


1 apple-cored and cut into 1" cubes
1 celery stick-thinly sliced
1/4 cup walnuts pieces
1/4 cup seedles grapes-halved


2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. yogurt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon rind(optional)

Cut up apple, celery, grapes and add to salad bowl. Add walnut pieces as well.

Mix dressing in a small bowl. If you are using juice from a real lemon grate some of the rind and add it to the mix. If you are using lemon juice from a bottle skip this ingredient.

Add dressing to bowl and toss salad well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. 

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Other Options:

You can use different nuts such as pecans or hazelnuts instead of walnuts. You could also use all 3 together.

The same goes for the grapes:  Raisins, Cranberries, and Currants are good substitutions.

The dressing can be made with a 50/50 mix of any 2 of these: sour cream, yogurt and mayonnaise.

The lemon juice can be replaced with any citrus juice or a little apple cider vinegar.

For a diabetic version of this salad check out this recipe at www.easy-diabetic-recipes.com

More Waldorf Salad:

Chicken Waldorf Salad 

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