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Waldorf Salad Recipe

This Waldorf salad is a lovely light lunch or side salad. It’s made with the classic mix of chopped apples, celery, grapes, and toasted walnuts, but it has a lighter yogurt and lemon dressing.

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Why You Should Try a Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salads are known for being light and refreshing. They’re a perfect dish to serve for a light lunch. It also travels well, so is great for picnics or potlucks.

The Waldorf salad is named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York – they created and served a version of the salad in 1896.

It’s often served with a variation of the chopped fruit or with shredded chicken or turkey. It’s also delicious with the addition of dried currents or cranberries.

waldorf salad ingredients

Waldorf Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1 cup diced celery 
  • 1 cup chopped Honeycrisp apples 
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts, toasted

How to Make this Easy Waldorf Salad

Here’s how to make this delicious fruit and nut salad recipe.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper till combined. 
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together the grapes, celery, apples, and cilantro. Then stir in the yogurt dressing. 
  3. Top with walnuts and serve. 
waldorf salad in a glass bowl

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Tips for Making this Recipe

  • Try to chop the ingredients to a similar size. This will allow you to get a taste of everything in each bite.
  • Try adding other ingredients to this recipe that interest you – shredded chicken, tuna, green apples, dried fruit, toasted pistachios.
  • Traditional Waldorf salad is made with mayonnaise. We like it better with Greek yogurt, but if you love mayo sub out half the yogurt for mayonnaise.
  • Personally, I think the best apples for a Waldorf salad are Honeycrisp because they have a wonderful crunch. Fuji is also a nice option.
Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Waldorf Salad

waldorf salad in a glass bowl

This Waldorf salad is a lovely light lunch or side salad. It's made with the classic mix of chopped apples, celery, grapes, and toasted walnuts, but it has a lighter yogurt and lemon dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup chopped Honeycrisp apples
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts, toasted

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper till combined. 
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together the grapes, celery, apples, and cilantro. Then stir in the yogurt dressing. 
  3. Top with walnuts and serve. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 8gSugar: 22gProtein: 14g

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