Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salad is a type of salad traditionally made with apples, celery and walnuts dressed in mayonnaise served on top of lettuce. This dish was created by Oscar Tschirky during the 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Original recipe did not contain any nuts and was just added in 1928 when it appeared in the Rector Cook Book. Oscar was not a chef but he was the maitre d’hotel (the person in charge of assigning customers to tables) as Waldorf-Astoria and this was surprising knowing that he invented this salad alongside others popular dishess like Veal Oscar and Eggs Benedict. He also aided in the popularization of Thousand Island dressing and published a popular cookbook.

This simple salad recipe is my wife’s favourite in fact this is her recipe and that picture above was her creation.  One thing I like with this recipe is that it does not have a strong mayonnaise greasy flavour as she added milk in the traditional recipe which thins the dressing while maintaining a creamy taste.

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Waldorf Salad

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 red apples, chopped
  • 2/3 cup celery, sliced
  • 2/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup American Style or creamy mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • lettuce leaves
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a bowl mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, milk, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Toss in apple, celery, walnuts and grapes.
  3. Serve on top of lettuce



20 Responses

  1. Another one of my kind of food, I can imagine the taste with the grapes and walnuts, in fact I go salad in night at times for trying to be healthy. This salad will be good enough for me during those nights.

  2. Kristy says:

    I do enjoy a good Waldorf salad! The apples and walnuts are easily my favorite ingredients. 🙂

  3. Its been far too long since I enjoyed a Waldorf salad – yours looks great!
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Eri says:

    Great idea for the weekend. Easy and delicious.
    Good to know the story behind the salad. Thanks!
    Have a nice weekend!

  5. Judy says:

    Bright and beautiful, salads are so refreshing.

  6. Love how bring and refreshing this salad looks! Thanks for sharing Raymund 🙂

  7. Such a beautiful looking salad….
    Enjoyed reading about it as well…
    Thanks for sharing Raymund.

  8. Meri says:

    This looks really really good except I cannot tolerate mayonnaise… anything else I could use for a dressing?

  9. Betty says:

    This is a lovely Waldorf Salad, one of my favorites. It’s perfect for fall, with its apples and walnuts, and I love the way the mayo has been lightened up with milk. I’m trying this one. 🙂

  10. This is my favorite salad! Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Who doesn’t love a Waldorf Salad. It taste wonderful and just sets off my lunch time whenever I eat it. Wonderful recipe for this

  12. foodjaunts says:

    Waldorf salads are delicious and the picture looks gorgeous. My favorite part are the grapes.

  13. This is the best looking Waldorf salad I’ve ever seen.

  14. ceciliag says:

    I love waldorf salad.. this one looks really good, i should make it soon!

  15. very easy to make and looked delicious too..

  16. Interesting history behind the salad..I had no idea. Looks tasty!

  17. My mom makes this Apple Salad and I grew up with it. I didn’t know it was called Waldorf Salad until I posted my Apple Salad recipe. We don’t put walnuts in it but ingredients are pretty similar. I love this salad so much and I can see why your wife loves it too. So crunchy and so refreshing!

  18. I love a good Waldorf salad.

  19. what kind of milk? is it evap or condensed?

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