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Waldorf Salad

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This Waldorf salad is brimming with fresh fruit, including a blend of apples, juicy grapes, and crisp celery to create the ultimate crowd favorite.
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  1. Waldorf Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Waldorf Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This Waldorf salad is a classic American salad that’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The autumn favorite features delicious crisp apples, juicy grapes, fresh celery, and crunchy walnuts, all coated in a creamy dressing.

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Waldorf Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Dressing

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise 

For the Salad

  • 1 cup diced Granny Smith apples, cored with the skin left on
  • 1 cup diced Gala apples, cored with the skin left on
  • ¾ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup halved green seedless grapes (3-4 extra halved grapes for an optional garnish)
  • ½ cup halved red seedless grapes (3-4 extra halved grapes for an optional garnish)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

PRO TIP:

Make sure you buy seedless grapes for this recipe. If the green or red ones at the grocery store don’t look nice, you can just use one color in the salad as long as the amount of grapes adds up to 1 cup.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

APPLES: Any apples can be used in this classic recipe. The combination of sweet Gala apples and tart green Granny Smith apples makes a nicely balanced salad.

NUTS: Any chopped nuts can be used in this easy Waldorf salad.

SAVORY: If a more savory salad is desired, you can omit the granulated sugar and add kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.

How to Make This Waldorf Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

The Waldorf salad dressing can be made the night before and stored in a mason jar in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

For the Dressing

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer at high speed, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. 

STEP TWO: Gently fold in the mayonnaise. Set it aside.

mayonnaise and whipped cream folded in a bowl

For the Salad

STEP ONE: Add the diced apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts to a large bowl.

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the lemon juice and granulated sugar over the apple mixture.

PRO TIP:

The lemon juice and sugar will help prevent the apples from turning brown in your salad.

lemon juice and sugar sprinkled over the fruits and nuts in a bowl

STEP THREE: Using a large spoon, stir to completely coat the apple mixture.

stirred the sugar and lemon juice mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Gently fold the mayonnaise mixture into the apple mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour. Just before serving, garnish with the reserved halved grapes.

mayonnaise folded with the lemon juice mixture in a bowl

How To Serve

This refreshing salad makes the perfect side dish for any grilled or potluck meal. Try it with our grilled chicken breast, slow cooker corn on the cob, and tomato cucumber salad, and you’ll have a delicious meal on your hands.

Our grape salad and strawberry banana cheesecake salad are two more easy recipes where fresh fruit is the star of the show.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this fruit salad tightly covered or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This salad is not recommended for freezing as the ingredients will not stay crisp once thawed.

overhead shot of Waldorf Salad on lettuce

This classic Waldorf salad recipe features a medley of different flavors, including red apples, green apples, red and green grapes, celery, and the tasty crunch of walnuts, all coated in a creamy dressing. Enjoy this as a side dish to any meal that you want to add a little extra freshness.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store this salad?

This great recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.

What are the best apples to use for this recipe?

We used Royal Gala and Granny Smith apples for this salad as we like the combination of tart and sweet apples, but any of your favorite apples would also be a great option in this amazing salad.

What kind of grapes are best for this salad?

The best grapes for this easy apple and grape salad recipe are red and green seedless grapes. You don’t want to be using a variety of grapes that have seeds in them for this salad.

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This Waldorf salad is brimming with fresh fruit, including a blend of apples, juicy grapes, and crisp celery to create the ultimate crowd favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Dressing

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

Salad

  • 1 cup diced Granny Smith apples, cored with the skin left on
  • 1 cup diced Gala apples, cored with the skin left on
  • ¾ cup finely diced celery
  • ½ cup halved green seedless grapes, 3 to 4 extra halved grapes for an optional garnish
  • ½ cup halved red seedless grapes, 3 to 4 extra halved grapes for an optional garnish
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions
 

Dressing

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer at high speed, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold in the mayonnaise. Set it aside.

Salad

  • Using a large mixing bowl, add the chopped apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts.
  • Sprinkle the lemon juice and granulated sugar over the apple mixture.
  • Using a large spoon, stir to completely coat the apple mixture.
  • Gently fold the mayonnaise mixture into the apple mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour. Just before serving, garnish with the reserved halved grapes.

Notes

  • Make sure you buy seedless grapes for this recipe. If the green or red ones at the grocery store don’t look nice, you can just use one color in the salad as long as the amount of grapes adds up to 1 cup.
  • The Waldorf salad dressing can be made the night before and stored in a mason jar in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • The lemon juice and sugar will help prevent the apples from turning brown in your salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 7mg
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