Crisp apples, juicy grapes, crunchy celery, and walnuts are tossed in a creamy dressing to make a classic recipe that’s super delicious! Waldorf Salad is a perfect side dish to serve any time of the year and is ideal for covered dish suppers, potlucks, or whenever you’re feeding a crowd.
It’s easy to call this recipe a classic since its history goes back over 100 years. It was created by the Maître d’hôtel (head waiter) at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York for a charity event and appeared to be an instant hit. It’s a simple, classic recipe that’s never gone out of style.
Like my Fruit Salad For A Crowd or Grape Salad, Waldorf Salad is excellent for parties, the holidays, or a neighborhood gathering. It’s a refreshing make-ahead recipe that’s loaded with natural sweetness and crunchy texture.
What’s Goes Into Waldorf Salad?
- Red and Green Apples
- Red Seedless Grapes
- Sour Cream
- Lemon Juice
How To Make This Recipe
Waldorf Salad is made in just minutes with very simple ingredients. All that’s required is a bit of chopping, measuring and mixing. Here’s how everything comes together:
- Chop the apples and toss in lemon juice and sugar. Next, slice the grapes in half and chop the celery. I like to toast the walnuts to bring out extra flavor, but you can skip that step if you are short on time.
- In a small bowl, measure the ingredients for the dressing and whisk them together.
- Using a spatula, mix the ingredients, then chill the salad in the fridge until it is ready to serve.
- Voila! You’ve just made Waldorf Salad.
Waldorf Salad Additions And Substitutions
When I make this cool and crispy salad, I like to stick to my original recipe, but you can make some yummy variations when you feel like changing things up a bit.
- Rotisserie or leftover chicken is a great addition. Serve it on a bed of lettuce for lunch or a light supper.
- Substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
- For some additional sweetness, cranberries or golden raisins would be great.
- If you’re not a fan of walnuts, change them out for pecans or toasted almonds.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. The salad will keep for about three days. Make sure to gently toss because some of the dressing will have settled while storing.
Craving More? Try These Salads
- Green Bean Salad
- Shrimp Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Creamy Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad
- Ambrosia Salad
- In a small skillet over medium heat, heat walnuts until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool then chop to the desired size.
- Place chopped apples into a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar. Add the sliced grapes, chopped celery, and walnuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and gently mix until combined. Cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.