Waldorf Salad

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria.

The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts were added later to this now American classic.

Some prefer their Waldorf salad made with yogurt, instead of mayo. Having had this salad both ways, I fall firmly in the mayonnaise camp. But feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if that’s your druthers.

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2


  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise (or yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 sweet apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half (or 1/4 cup of raisins)
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
  • Lettuce


In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt) and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.

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Waldorf Salad

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  • Rocanna Angelica Contreras

    Waldorf Salad I add crab meat , yellow raisins and chopped onions . Add all ingredients together and combine to Ina Gardens superb recipes. I watch all her fabulous cooking shows . She is professional and has such grace.

  • dianne miller

    Does anyone ever add mini marshmallows

  • Laura

    Will definitely try this. Love all he ingredients. Elise, where do you get the scalloped bowls? They make for a lovely presentation.

  • Pat LaRock

    I’m from the Pacific NW, so I add filberts (hazelnuts) instead of walnuts (even tho’ our farm raises both nuts). Yum…

  • Bruce Alan Wilson

    If you want a one-dish meal, you can add some cold cooked chicken or turkey.

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