Waldorf Salad – Downshiftology


by Sil Pancho



There’s a reason why this Waldorf salad belongs on every holiday dinner table. It’s a symphony of crisp apples, celery, grapes, and crunchy walnuts, tossed in a tangy-sweet, creamy dressing that adds the perfect refreshing touch.

Waldorf salad in a large white bowl.

Technically, a Waldorf salad can be a year-round salad with how simple and refreshing it is (like my ultimate chicken salad). But many of us hold this salad near and dear to our hearts for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? Well, it brings back a sense of childhood nostalgia, and it’s a delicious way to add fresh, seasonal fruits and nuts to a holiday table.

There’s a classic way to make this salad (which I’ll talk about below), but the newer version is even better, with additional grapes, toasted nuts, and fresh herbs, with a touch of lemon and honey to the dressing.

This salad is the perfect complement to a holiday turkey, honey baked ham, beef tenderloin, or prime rib in every way!

Ingredients for a Waldorf salad on a table

Waldorf Salad Ingredients

Created in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York (during the 1800’s), the original recipe was made up of only apples, celery, and mayo. This simple combo lived on for quite some time. But as usual, adaptations are made as time goes on.

Here’s the breakdown of what’s in this Waldorf salad recipe.

  • Greek Yogurt: Any Greek yogurt will work, whether it’s dairy or dairy-free.
  • Mayonnaise: There’s typically mayonnaise in this salad. But if you’re not a fan, you can sub it with more Greek yogurt.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is preferred!
  • Apple: While you can use either red or green apples, I prefer green apples for a super crisp and tart bite.
  • Honey: Just one tablespoon is needed to give the dressing a hint of extra sweetness.
  • Grapes: You can use any color of grapes. I like red grapes for a nice contrast with the green. But choose green grapes if you want a stylishly monochromatic salad.
  • Celery: A few ribs of celery add to the fresh, crisp texture of the salad.
  • Nuts: I’m using walnuts today, but both walnuts and pecans are great – choose your favorite!
  • Herbs: A little chopped parsley gives it a fresh touch.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

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