Waldorf Salad

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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  • Sue Young

    I add crumbled blue cheese and pomegranate seeds to Waldorf Salad; sometimes I substitute a mustard-based vinaigrette for mayo.

  • barrett

    I can’t take Waldorf salads seriously after the Fawlty Towers episode where he offers a guest a “Ritz Salad” when he doesn’t have the ingredients for a Waldorf.

  • Marie

    Once at an office potluck, a guy brought the salad. He introduced it as Mock Waldorf. He substituted new potatoes for the apples. My tastebuds cried that day.

    P.S. Elise, you are the coolest blogger of all.

  • Elise

    Sue – blue cheese and pomegranate, what an interesting combo! Thanks for the suggestion.

    Barrett – I can just picture John Cleese now…

    Marie – Thanks! ;-) OMG, I can’t believe that someone sub’d potatoes for apples, what was he thinking?

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