We love this traditional Waldorf Salad recipe made with crisp apples, grapes, celery and walnuts in a creamy dressing on Boston Bib lettuce.

I love to eat salads for lunch during the week, but this one is fancy enough for dinner with guests, served alongside Braised Short Ribs, Chicken and Rice or BBQ Chicken Drumsticks.

Waldorf salad in lettuce, in a bowl.

If a recipe has been around for more than 100 years, you know it’s worthy of your time! The traditional Waldorf Salad was created in the late 1800’s in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and although there are some variations of it, it typically includes apples, celery, grapes and nuts in a mayonnaise based dressing.  It’s a classic recipe that works well as a side dish to any meal.

Labeled ingredients for Waldorf salad on a marble board.

How to Make Waldorf Salad:

My take on Waldorf Salad includes golden raisins and I add a little more flavor to the dressing with a pinch of vinegar and sugar to balance out the mayonnaise flavor.
  • In a large bowl toss the apples in lemon juice. Add celery, grapes, raisins and walnuts.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the dressing ingredients: mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar and pepper. Taste and adjust to your liking with a little extra mayonnaise or more vinegar.
  • Coat apple mixture in desired amount of dressing (you may not want to use it all).
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold, on top of bib lettuce or green lettuce leaf.

Two process photos for making Waldorf salad.

Additional Add-in Ideas:

Make the salad your own by adding carrots, berries, pecans or other nuts.

A lettuce leaf with Waldorf salad on it, on a plate.
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Recipe

Waldorf salad in lettuce, in a bowl.
Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 red apple , honey crisp, red delicious, unpeeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 green apple , golden delicious, unpeeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 rib celery , sliced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes , halved
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (or half Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • Boston Bib lettuce , or romaine lettuce leaves

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl toss the apples in lemon juice. Add celery, grapes, raisins and walnuts
  • In a separate bowl stir together the mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar and pepper. Taste and adjust to your liking with a little extra mayonnaise or more vinegar. 
  • Coat apple mixture in desired amount of dressing (you may not want to use it all).
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold, on top of bib lettuce or large lettuce leaf.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 306mgFiber: 3gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 0.7mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2016. Updated March 2020 with process photos and improved instructions.

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  1. I’m confused. Is this recipe calling for 2 apples? One red apple of choice and one green apple of choice or is it calling for 1 each of all those different types of apples? This scenario would be calling for 5 apples. Thanks for clarifying.

  2. I love this salad! Growing up, it was always served at every Christmas and Easter dinner. And as it happens, I have all of these ingredients in my refrigerator, so I think I’ll be enjoying Waldorf Salad for dinner tonight! Thank you for the idea.