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zesty cranberry waldorf salad

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Julia Ferguson
Greenwood, IN

A refreshing twist on Waldorf Salad, with dried cranberries, lemon, and orange zest. I have never been a big fan of Waldorf salad, so I looked at several recipes and came up with one I really like. This is one I take to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Go ahead give it a try. It's apple season and they are probably on sale. You can use any apple but I have found Granny Smith apples are the best for this salad. They impart a better flavor.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Member's Choice An amazing twist on Waldorf Salad. The dressing is tangy and sweet when the orange and lemon zest is folded in. Apples, grapes, celery, and walnuts are traditional ingredients in a Waldorf Salad and we love the combination of flavors and textures. Where this is a little different is the dried cranberries. They add a pop of tart flavor to each bite. This beautiful salad would make a tasty addition to a holiday table.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
yield 6 or more
prep time 1 Hr
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For zesty cranberry waldorf salad

  • 1 1/2 c
    good quality mayonnaise (I use Hellmans)
  • 1 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 4 1/2 c
    tart apples, peeled and diced (granny smiths are the best apple for this recipe)
  • 3 c
    celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 c
    walnuts, chopped
  • 3 c
    red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1 c
    dried cranberries
  • 1
    orange, zested
  • 1
    lemon, zested
  • 2-3 c
    miniature marshmallows

How To Make zesty cranberry waldorf salad

Test Kitchen Tips
This recipe is made to feed a crowd. It can easily be cut in half.
  • Mayo, sour cream, and honey whisked together in a bowl.
    In a medium-sized bowl mix together the mayo, sour cream, and honey for the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Grapes, walnuts, celery, and cranberries in a very large bowl.
    In a very large bowl, mix together the grapes, walnuts, celery, and cranberries.
  • Diced apples, lemon zest, and orange zest added to the bowl.
    Mix in the peeled and diced apples, lemon zest, and orange zest.
  • Mixing in mini-marshmallows.
    Mix in mini-marshmallows.
  • Pouring dressing over apple mixture.
    Pour dressing mixture over apple mixture.
  • Mixing the ingredients together.
    Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Mix again right before serving.