The Waldorf Salad

I had my first Waldorf Salad in New York City with my mother at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel where this salad originated in the early 19th century. It’s a classic!

This is really a simple salad with just a few ingredients: apples, walnuts, red grapes, and celery. 

Try this simple refreshing classic recipe this summer, it’s easy. Also, you can make it non-dairy, reduced fat, and add protein with a few of Melissa’s Modifications.

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Waldorf Salad

An easy to prepare classic salad with delicious, healthy ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Brunch, Salads
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 301 kcal


  • 2 medium Apples, cored and chopped Sweet preferred -Galas, Pink
  • 1 cup Red grapes Seedless, halved
  • 1 cup Celery Chopped thinly
  • 1 cup Walnuts, chopped Slightly toasted
  • 1/4 cup Raisins Optional
  • Lettuce leafs


  • 6 Tbsp Mayonnaise Vegan mayo or avocado mayo, if dairy free OR yogurt (regular non-flavored or almond yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • pinch Black pepper


  • Prepare the apples, celery, grapes and walnuts.
  • Stir all the ingredients in a bowl.

Prepare the dressing

  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  • Pour over the apple mixture and blend well.
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce.


Melissa’s Modifications
Lighten up the Waldorf Salad by using yogurt to decrease fat and calories. Add a little sweetener to offset the tart yogurt. Monk fruit sweetener is my sweetener of choice as it provides a 1 to 1 conversion with zero calories and is diabetic safe.
Other modifications for added protein: add 4-6 oz. of grilled chicken, turkey or albacore wild tuna packed in water. 


Serving: 1Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 6gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 311mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 5gSugar: 17gVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 39mg
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