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Healthy Waldorf Salad

Updated on August 21, 2016
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L. Cargill, B.A., Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX., has been writing cool and interesting articles for the internet world since 1995.

I heart this! Diabetic friendly and fiber rich Waldorf Salad Recipe.

Healthy Waldorf Salad with Cinnamon!
Healthy Waldorf Salad with Cinnamon! | Source

Healthy Waldorf Salad With Cinnamon

Low fat mayonnaise tastes terrible. Low fat yogurt is for people who like yogurt (I think it sucks). Regular mayonnaise has too much fat and cholesterol to be healthy. Cool Whip® is artificial. Whipped cream is as bad as mayonnaise. So what can take the place of Waldorf salad dressing?

How about eliminating the dressing altogether? Why not use fresh fruit juice as a dressing? Why not add cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix and give it an apple pie flavor? By golly, it works!

While in Baltimore one fine week, I worked for a Jewish hospital where they served kosher food. Not knowing anything about "kosher" food, I did notice that the food looked very healthy. I spotted some Waldorf salad and put it on my tray. I noticed it did not have that mayonnaise dressing which I had not liked when trying this recipe before. Also, it had a lot of cinnamon which I totally love. This was the best Waldorf salad I had ever eaten! I came home determined to make this style of fruit salad forever more.

Start With Great Apples!

Gala apple
Gala apple | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Four or Five cups of improved Waldorf Salad

My Waldorf Salad Ingredients

The celery is chopped in the bowl.
The celery is chopped in the bowl. | Source

Start With Healthy Ingredients

  • 2 Gala or Fuji apples, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, optional - I just use the apple juice
  • 1/4 cup apple juice, (keeps the apples from turning brown)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional

How to make Waldorf Salad without mayonnaise

  1. Wash and leave the skin on the apples and dice them up into bite sized pieces. Toss into a bowl and mix with a little bit of lemon juice or apple juice or both. This will keep the apples from turning brown.
  2. Wash and chop the celery into bite sized pieces. Toss with the apples.
  3. Add the raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg to the apple mixture and mix well. Some people prefer to toast the walnuts, but it is fine if you do not.
  4. Place a tight lid on the bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  5. Scoop out a generous cup of the mix to a salad plate. Garnish with Romaine lettuce, walnuts, raisins, grapes or apple slices. Enjoy!

Nutrition for one generous cup of healthy Waldorf Salad.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 193
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 37 g12%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The History of Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City introduced the apple and walnut salad over 100 years ago. It soon became their most requested fare. The fruit salad is prepared with dairy, but the presentation has changed to reflect more modern chef enhanced food.

The Waldorf Astoria hotel was built by William Waldorf Astor and his architect was Henry Hardenbergh. The doors opened on March 13, 1893. During the next four years, an adjacent hotel was built by John Jacob Astor IV. The Waldorf was 13 stories tall and the Astor hotel was built up to 17 stories. The two hotels were the premier luxury hotels in the New City.

The sinking of the Titanic marked the loss of John Jacob Astor IV on April 15, 1912. William Waldorf Astor died in England in 1919. In the 1920s, Prohibition wiped out the hotels and the two old hotels were sold. The site later became the Empire State Building.

Financing for the new Waldorf-Astoria hotel was approved right before the NY Stock Exchange Black Friday of 1929. The second hotel finally opened on Park Avenue in 1931. It became the most fashionable hotel in the city and many presidents stayed there. Eventually the hotel was acquired by the Hilton family and it was declared an official New York City landmark in 1993.

The Waldorf-Astoria is famous for its spaciousness and the fantastic customer service they provide. That is one reason that Waldorf Salad is still their most requested item on the menu.

To get the original apple, walnut and celery dish!

301 Park Avenue, NY:
301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

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The world famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I can't wait to try your recipe for Healthy Waldorf Salad. I'm going for the nutmeg and cinnamonm leaving out the mayo. And I love walnuts in my salad. Thanks for putting this together and a thumbs up and across!

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    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I think if you add more celery, you won't miss the walnuts.

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    Linda Rogers 

    6 years ago from Minnesota

    This sounds amazing Austinstar. When I make it, I'll make it without the walnuts but I love the rest of it. This sounds delicious and healthy. Thx for sharing this recipe.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Yeah, who thinks you should put mayonnaise on apples? That's just crazy talk.

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    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    I am not a mayo lover but I do like Waldorf salad so I will try this healthy looking receipe, Lela. Walnuts and cinnamon are among my favorites, too. Thanks for this Waldorf version.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    This is super up and awesome!

    Every holiday - my sister brings Waldorf Salad the traditional icky Mayo kind! Who wants that? GROSS - sorry but I hate that and now I'm happy to share this with her so she can fix it! Hahaha LOL. I'd eat this - and not even Cahse will touch her nasty bolw of mayoed up fruit! We make fun of her about it....she and my mom like it. Ew!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    If you love cinnamon, this is the salad for you! gogogo

    Yep, the frying pan is THE essential utensil for Southern kitchens. Have you been to our Texas State Fair? One of the winners in the fried food category was ..... wait for it.... fried BUTTER! I am not making this up.

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    6 years ago

    That sounds delicious, I am going to make it for lunch

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    Mark Knowles 

    6 years ago

    lol I was shocked in the South at how much stuff was fried. But - ye s- 8 months of the year in the UK - you do not want a salad. It is mostly tasteless garbage in any case.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    So that's why the Brits eat such heavy food. Of course, being from a hot place isn't all fun and games either! I think we fry everything because the oil is boiling hot most days. Sometimes we don't even need a stove!

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    Mark Knowles 

    6 years ago

    lol Well - we don't all live in Texas. Go to England in January when it is -3 and a cold, damp wind is blowing - see if you still want to munch on salad that has been flown 4,000 miles. :D

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I've never owned a coat. What do I know about snow and cold? It does snow in Texas about once a year, but I would still munch out on salad :-)

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    Mark Knowles 

    6 years ago

    "Salad weather" is warm and sunny. :D Who wants a salad when is is snowing and freezing cold wet?

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    6 years ago

    Looks great, Star


  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    What the heck is "salad weather"?

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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    Thanks Austinstar.

    That looks like a really delicious recipe and the ingredients are very easy to come by as well. I might try it if we get some salad weather here.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I made this today and even my husband loved it! This is a man that only buys sausage and beer when he goes to the grocery store. LOL

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    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This sounds like a winner! Will definitely try this recipe. I like the idea of enjoying this healthy Waldorf Salad without the addition of mayonnaise. Would certainly cut the calories! Cinnamon and nutmeg would give it that apple pie taste. Thanks! Voted up and useful. Sharing as well.


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