Classic Waldorf Salad – The Stay At Home Chef

Who would have thought that such an old recipe could be so delicious after all these years? Chances are you’ve come across a Waldorf salad at least once or twice in your life. It’s simple, fresh, and loaded with lots of fruits and nuts. Now, don’t let its simplicity fool you—this dish is sophisticated and elegant enough that it came from the Waldorf Astoria. You can serve this dish at a gathering, or simply make it yourself—no sharing required.

If you like a delicious, creamy fruit salad, try Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad. also.

Why did you prescribe us?

  • A simple version of the historic dish from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
  • Creamy and fruity, with a hint of celery and nutty crunch.

Close up view of a Waldorf salad plate with a wooden spoon.

The classic Waldorf salad recipe first appeared in 1896. Named after the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, the hotel created it, and the salad was served at a charity event for St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. Chef Oscar Tschirky—widely known as “Oscar Waldorf”—included it in his cookbook. cooking bookThis recipe was published in 1896. The recipe has changed over time, with the original salad containing only apples, celery, and mayonnaise; seasoned with salt and pepper.

Ingredient Notes

Waldorf salad ingredients are laid out on the table.
  • Granny Smith Apple: Choose an apple that won’t brown quickly and pay attention to its texture and taste. We love Granny Smith apples for their crunchy, tart flavor, but you can also use Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Fuji, or Gala.
  • Lemon juice: This helps prevent the apples from turning brown and adds a touch of distinctive flavor.
  • Granulated sugar: This is optional, but we like a touch of sweetness.
  • red grapes: We usually use red grapes because they add a nice color and are sweet enough – green grapes tend to be a bit tart.
  • celery: This salad has a crunchy taste, and the celery adds even more crunchy flavor.
  • Walnuts: These nuts add a great texture and we love the rich flavor they impart. We even like to toast the walnuts before adding them to the salad to give this recipe an extra boost! But you can skip them if you like.
  • Dress: We love plain Greek yogurt (you can use sour cream instead), mayonnaise (which helps add flavor and smoothness to the salad), and salt. It’s simple and delicious.

Grape cutting tips

Our classic Waldorf salad recipe includes a healthy amount of fresh grapes! To slice the grapes, place them in a single layer on a plate and place another plate of the same size on top. Then take a serrated knife and slice them horizontally between the two plates. You’ll save a lot of time and effort compared to halving them individually.

A photo showing the delicious ingredients in a Waldorf salad bowl.

Storage Instructions

cooling In an airtight container for up to 2 days – if it lasts that long!

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Watch the video below Caitlin will walk you through each step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve got you covered with our cooking tutorial. You can find the full collection of recipes at YoutubeOur king Facebook pageor here on our website with the corresponding recipes.

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