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

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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.

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

Waldorf Salad

The classic Waldorf Salad makes a delicious salad recipe. Including apples, celery, nuts, and grapes, this salad is always refreshing.
4.67 from 3 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Course Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 267kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 red apples Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, unpeeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • large lettuce leaves


  • Add apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts to medium size bowl. Stir in mayonnaise.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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16 Comments Leave a comment or review

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Loved this recipe and your family memories. I believe my Grandma and Mom made this salad for Ladies Bridge get togethers.

  5. I make “apple salad” for special occasions using: 1 large Fuji Apple, 1 rib sliced celery, about 1/3 cup seedless raisins, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, mayonnaise as needed to bring together and about 3/4 cup mini marshmallows. Kids & grandkids love it! This makes enough for at least 6 adults.

  6. These comments are blowing my mind… mini marshmallows, Mandarin oranges, pineapple, bananas, whipped cream, etc., lol. Waldorf salad is not Ambrosia salad, for Pete’s sake! If everything under the fruit sun is going to be added to this classic salad , just make a fruit salad, period. 
    The recipe shared here is the most accurate for this classic Waldorf Salad I’ve  seen and thank you for posting.😊

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