Waldorf Salad

The all-American Waldorf Salad first gained popularity in the 19th century at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Made with simple ingredients, this classic makes for a great lunch or brunch dish with a refined touch.

Waldorf Salad
Elise Bauer

Waldorf Salad is a favorite around here, particularly in the fall when apples and walnuts are in season. It's especially popular around the holidays, gracing many a Thanksgiving and holiday spread.

The Original Waldorf Salad Recipe

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.

Waldorf Salad
Elise Bauer

Mayo or Yogurt for Waldorf Salad?

Some prefer their Waldorf salad made with yogurt, instead of mayo. I usually stay in the mayonnaise camp (which is what we are using in this recipe), but feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if you prefer. In which case you may need to add some honey to offset the added tartness of the yogurt.

Seems like everyone has their favorite version of Waldorf Salad! If you have one you would like to share, please tell us about it in the comments.

How Long Can Waldorf Salad be Stored?

Assemble Waldorf Salad no more than an hour ahead of time for the freshest, crispest salad. Store it in the refrigerator until serving. Leftovers will last for a day in the refrigerator, but the apples may brown a bit and the salad may wilt some under the dressing, but it will still be enjoyable.

Ways to Serve Waldorf Salad

You can serve the whole salad on a bed of fresh lettuce, but if you want to serve individual portions of Waldorf Salad, try these presentations.

  • In martini or coupe glasses
  • On lettuce cups
  • In a hollowed out large apple

Great Picnic Dishes to Serve with Waldorf Salad

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

If using yogurt, omit the lemon juice. You may also want to add a little honey to balance the tartness of the yogurt.


  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (or plain yogurt)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 sweet apples, cored and chopped

  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved, or 1/4 cup raisins

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 1 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts

  • Lettuce


  1. Make the dressing:

    In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or yogurt), lemon juice, salt and pepper.

    Waldorf Salad
    Elise Bauer
    Add apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts:

    Stir the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts into the bowl with the dressing.

  2. Serve:

    Spoon salad onto a bed of fresh lettuce and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
418 Calories
35g Fat
25g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 418
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 421mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 418mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.