Waldorf Salad

The classic Waldorf Salad makes a delicious salad recipe. Including apples, celery, nuts, and grapes, this salad is always refreshing.

Waldorf Salad Recipe from addapinch.com

The Waldorf Salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 by Oscar Tschirky, the New York Waldorf Hotel’s maître d’hôtel. His original recipe was made using only apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Walnuts were added by the time the recipe was first published in a cookbook in 1928 and then grapes were added to the recipe later.

Growing up, this was one salad recipe that my Mama could easily get me to eat. She’d serve it throughout the year for parties, when entertaining friends, and at luncheons she’d host. She’d always make a little bit extra for my sister and me to have as well. I loved that she’d line the salad bowl or plate with gorgeous lettuce leaves and then pile the Waldorf Salad onto it for serving. It always looked so elegant!

As I got older, I began serving this classic salad as well. It always had to be the same: apples, celery, grapes, and walnut halves – not pieces all dressed with a little bit of mayonnaise. And, just like Mama, I make a little extra.

Waldorf Salad Recipe from addapinch.com

Here’s the classic Waldorf Salad recipe. It’s a keeper!

Waldorf Salad
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The classic Waldorf Salad makes a delicious salad recipe. Including apples, celery, nuts, and grapes, this salad is always refreshing.
Serves: 4
  • 2 red apples (Honey Crisp, Red Delicious), unpeeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • ½ cup walnuts halves
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • large lettuce leaves
  1. Add apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts to medium size bowl. Stir in mayonnaise.
  2. When ready to serve, place large lettuce leaves onto a salad plate or bowl. Top with apple mixture and serve cool.
The fruits contained in the Waldorf Salad can be prepared ahead of time and mixed with the mayonnaise. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to a day in advance of serving.


Robyn xo


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  1. 5

    Maudy Fish says

    I would like to make this but can you tell me what the portion size is. I will be feeding 16 people as a side salad. Thanks in advance.

  2. 6

    Howard says

    I make mine, like my mothers with mandarin oranges, and pineapple chuncks as well, we use red, green, and purple grapes, and jonathan, and golden delicious. We also use mayo whipped cream with a little pineapple juice for the dressing. I add banana slices just before serving as they can turn brown.

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    Jane says

    A favorite growing up! My mother added manderine oranges. Am going to make next week for company using grapes. Hmmm.

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