This Waldorf salad is a combination of apples, grapes, celery and walnuts, all tossed in a creamy dressing. An easy and refreshing salad that’s perfect as a side dish or lighter main course.

You can never go wrong with a fruit based salad, I regularly make Mexican fruit salad, berry fruit salad and this simple yet classic Waldorf salad.

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Waldorf salad with apples, grapes, celery and pecans, served on a bed of lettuce leaves.

Waldorf salad is one of those traditional recipes that never goes out of style. That combination of sweet fruit and crunchy walnuts just can’t be beat! Waldorf salad is super easy to make, and you can have it on the table in about 10 minutes. How can you go wrong with that?

What is Waldorf salad?

Waldorf salad is a blend of apples, celery, walnuts and grapes tossed in a mayonnaise based dressing. It is often served over lettuce leaves as a light meal or side dish. This salad got its name because it originated at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1896. This salad was not created by the chef at the hotel, instead it was created by the dining room manager!

Red and green apples, grapes, walnuts and celery in a serving bowl.

How do you make Waldorf salad?

The hardest part of this recipe is dicing all the fruit! This salad consists of apples, grapes, celery and walnuts, which are all chopped into bite sized pieces. I like to use both red and green apples because it adds a nice pop of color and extra flavor. The dressing consists of just 4 ingredients and is tossed with the fruit and vegetables to create a creamy blend. Add a little bit of parsley and chopped fruit for garnish and you’re ready to eat!

Apples, grapes, walnuts and celery in a bowl topped with creamy dressing.

How do you keep apples from browning in salad?

The dressing for this salad contains lemon juice which helps to keep the apples from browning. It’s important to toss the apples in the dressing as soon as they’re cut so that they make contact with the acid in the lemon juice.

A bowl of Waldorf salad made with fruit, nuts and celery all tossed in a creamy dressing.

Waldorf salad variations

While I typically make this salad exactly as written, sometimes I switch up the ingredients a bit for a different flavor experience.

  • Protein: This salad is great with grilled chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken.
  • Dressing: While mayonnaise is the traditional base for the dressing, plain yogurt is also a great choice.
  • Dried Fruit: Dried cranberries or raisins would be a great addition to this salad.
  • Nuts: While walnuts are a popular choice for this salad, you can also use pecans or almonds if you prefer.

A serving spoon in a bowl of apple walnut Waldorf salad.

Can you make Waldorf salad in advance?

You can make this salad up to 4 hours before you plan to serve it. Store the salad in a covered container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. Add the parsley and any additional fruit you’d like to garnish with right before serving.

There’s a reason why this salad has stayed popular for so many years – it’s totally delicious! This salad is a welcome addition to a potluck, you can serve it in lettuce cups as an appetizer, or even add some chicken and serve it on bread as sandwich. Regardless of how you choose to serve it, this salad will be a hit.

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5 from 12 votes

Waldorf Salad

AuthorSara Welch
Waldorf salad with apples, grapes, celery and pecans, served on a bed of lettuce leaves.
This Waldorf salad is a combination of apples, grapes, celery and walnuts, all tossed in a creamy dressing. An easy and refreshing salad that's perfect as a side dish or lighter main course.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6


For the salad

  • 1 1/2 cups apples cut into 1/2 inch pieces, I use red and green
  • 3/4 cup celery thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Place the apples, celery, grapes and walnuts in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice and salt.
  • Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley then serve, garnished with additional fruit if desired.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    HELEN CORBITT is quoted: “Among the little things you do to make things different”. Waldorf Salad was one of many wonderful delights that my Mother prepared for family dinners. I decided before I start making this wonderful dish, I would go online and compare my Mothers recipe with what I found. I have all my Mothers handwritten recipes starting from the 1940’s. Your recipe was the first one I came across. WOW! What a wonderful surprise. No need to look further. They are so much alike, I knew I had found an award-winner, and I would not change a thing from my Mothers Waldorf Salad to your own. She always made her dishes a number of times until satisfied and sitting down would write out the recipe that most times included a date, and where the family had been living then. Her recipe is dated 1947, the year I was born. She also added that on some occasions she would use Black Walnuts instead of the traditional English which was a big hit with family and friends. and why stop there, a third with a little kick, she amazed us all with the Black Walnut addition and would crumble in Roquefort or Blue Cheese making for a truly bold winner in Waldorf. I make all three and family / friends just love them. Like Helen Corbett change for difference in Waldorf by using julienne fresh pineapple in place of the celery and julienne the apples. Her friends loved it and called it “shoestring potato salad”.

  2. 5 stars
    This beautiful salad is so nostalgic for me. I remember eating my first Waldorf Salad at an overnight Girl Scout Camp. I love your special recipe for this all-time favorite!

  3. 5 stars
    I love serving this at our holiday meals. It’s nice to have a lighter option. I’ll definitely take your tip of adding dried cranberries next time.

  4. 5 stars
    I am a sucker for a good Waldorf Salad! This recipe ticks all the boxes and I love that you included instructions on how to make it in advance! SO good!