Waldorf Salad

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


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 prefer the mayo, but feel free to substitute yogurt for the mayo if that’s your desire.

★★★★★ 4 votes
15 Min
No-Cook or Other


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3 Tbsp
mayonnaise (or yogurt)
1 Tbsp
lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
red apple, cored and chopped
1/2 c
red seedless grapes, halved, optional
1/4 c
raisins, optional
1/2 c
celery, thinly sliced
1/2 c
slightly toasted walnuts, chopped

How to Make Waldorf Salad


  • 1In 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.
  • 2Mix in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.

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About Waldorf Salad

Course/Dish: Fruit Salads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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