What is Waldorf salad?  This is a wonderful fresh apple celery salad that goes well with any meat or fish. It is also an ideal partner for baked chicken, pork ribs, duck or turkey. It will bring variety to your dinner and can become a great party choice. Just add some cranberries and you can serve it on Thanksgiving.

A little history of this salad recipe. This is a traditional classic Waldorf salad recipe. It is a salad of apples, celery, grapes and walnuts dressed with a mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt. Today this recipe is considered a classic. But it used to be slightly different before.

The history of the salad begins in 1896. And initially there were no grapes or nuts in it, while the dressing consisted only of mayonnaise. The salad got its name from the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, where it was made for the first time. The recipe was created by Oscar Tschirky.

Waldorf salad dressing. The salad dressing can also be mayonnaise only, or you can make waldorf salad with yogurt or sour cream. You can make healthy Waldorf salad – a light, dietary version of the salad by using low-fat yogurt for dressing.

Other ingredients. This is primarily an apple salad recipe. Experiment! You can also add some raisins or prunes to the salad. But before cooking, steep the dried fruits in warm water for 1-2 hours. If you choose to do this then I do not recommend using honey for dressing because it may come out too sweet Parsley also works well for this salad, especially if your celery is leafless. Walnuts can be replaced with any others, or even do without them. Pecans or cashews are great. Instead of a lemon, an orange is perfect. Use zest and juice as well.

You can also add fresh cranberries. Yes! Just add them to the rest of the ingredients. The salad will sparkle with a new taste and hint of astringency. Take even amounts of cranberries and grapes and cut berries into halves. By the way, you can add dried cranberries as well to make the taste complete. Cranberry Waldorf salad like this will resound with new bright notes and complement any party table, even on Thanksgiving.

You can add peeled pistachios to this Waldorf salad recipe. They perfectly complement the taste. For this recipe, you need 2 tbsp of peeled pistachios. And here is an excellent Turkish manufacturer of very high quality Turkish Antep Pistachio Kernel. They also are manufacturer, wholesaler and exporter Turkish sweets, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, roasted peanuts, other dried nuts and spices.

Vegan Waldorf salad. Is this Waldorf salad vegetarian? Yes! But it has mayonnaise and yogurt in it. You can use egg-free mayonnaise and lactose-free yogurt instead.

Martha Steward has her famous recipe for Waldorf salad. What is the difference? Martha used red and green apple and red and green grapes at the same time. This will add more color to your dish! She also used Dijon mustard, yoghurt and no mayonnaise.

Ok! How to make Waldorf salad? I think this is the best Waldorf salad recipe.

Waldorf salad is undeniably very healthy. You can read Why are fruits and vegetables good for you by Jinan Banna at jinanbanna.com

Classic Waldorf Salad


Cook Time: 18 mins


  • 2 sweet and sour apples (350 g))
  • 3 ribs celery with leaves (200 g)
  • 1 bunch of grapes (200 g)
  • 1 cup of walnuts (120 g)
  • 2 tbsp of peeled pistachios (optional)
  • Romaine lettuce for serving


  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Step 1
Wash all fruits and vegetables well. Toast the nuts in a dry skillet. This will open up their taste and make them crispier.
Step 2
Prepare the salad dressing. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, cayenne pepper and honey. Finely grate the zest of ½ lemon. Squeeze 1 tbsp of lemon juice, add it to the dressing and stir
Step 3
Coarsely chop the walnuts with a knife. Cut the apples last so that they don’t get dark. First, slice the celery stalks along with the leaves. Cut the grapes into halves.
Step 4
Do not peel the apples. Trim the core and cut the apples into small pieces. Cut all the ingredients in roughly equal pieces. Not too thin, but not too thick either.
Step 5
Place apples, grapes, celery, and ⅔ of all walnuts and pistachios (if you want) in a large bowl. Add the dressing, 2 pinches of salt and mix.
Step 6
Arrange the romaine lettuce leaves on a plate. Arrange the salad and sprinkle with the remaining nuts. Your salad is ready to serve!

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