Waldorf Salad: a delicious, beautiful salad to make for any occasion

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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Colorful and tasty Waldorf salad is always a welcome addition to any gathering. Full of sweet-tart crunchy apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts tossed with mayo and served on a bed of lettuce, the Waldorf salad is as beautiful to look at as it is mouthwateringly delicious.

The salad gets its name from New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where it was first created back in 1896. It quickly became a popular dish and is now considered a classic for potlucks, picnics, and parties. While Waldorf salad makes a great appetizer, you can also pair it with a soup or sandwich to make a light lunch.

What are the best apples for making Waldorf salad?

Use a combination of different apples to get the best flavor. You'll definitely want a tart apple like Granny Smith. For sweetness, also use Fuji, Cox, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady.


Here Are Top Tips for Making the Best Waldorf Salad

Don't forget the lemon juice! It will help keep your apples from turning brown.

Full-fat mayonnaise will give your salad a better flavor, but you can use low-fat mayo instead.

Keep the fruit mixture in the fridge until ready to serve. You don't want your lettuce to wilt!

Instead of lettuce, try mixed greens, red lettuce, cabbage, or kale.

For a healthier Waldorf salad, use Greek or plain yogurt instead of mayo.

Add grated lemon or orange zest to give your salad a brighter flavor.

To make a meal of your Waldorf salad, add turkey or chicken.

How to Store Waldorf Salad

Cover and store Waldorf salad in the fridge for up to 3 days.

apples (pink or red)
crisp granny smith apples
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp
red grapes, cut in half
2 cups
celery, chopped
1 cup
Walnut Halves
1 cup
3/4 cup
romaine lettuce
3 cups

How to Make Waldorf Salad

Chop the green apples into small pieces.

Repeat with red apples.

Transfer the chopped apple to a bowl and add lemon juice. Toss to coat.

Stir in the celery.

Add the grapes.

Stir in the walnuts.

Add the mayonnaise.

Stir to coat.

When ready to serve, arrange lettuce on a serving plate.

Place the fruit mixture on top of the lettuce, and serve immediately.

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