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Turkey Waldorf Salad

Updated on December 28, 2009

But first, a brief history lesson...

Mayonnaise, apples, celery and lettuce. These are the classic ingredients that make up a Waldorf Salad but where was it created? And by whom? Much as the name implies, the Waldorf Salad was created at the Waldorf Hotel (the precursor to the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel) in New York City during 1896, not by the Hotel's Chef but by it's dining room manager, Oscar Tschirky. Traditionally, the Waldorf Salad contained no meat or nuts and was served as a starter course but over the years, nuts, dried fruit and eventually meats were added. Today's Waldorf Salad is typically made using chicken, walnuts and raisins but a large number of ingredients has made their way into this famous dish. Pork tenderloin, turkey, ham and even seafood have been used but always you can find mayonnaise, apples, celery and lettuce.

Try this easy-to-make recipe using leftover turkey as a delicious alternative to turkey sandwiches.


  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup diced apple (Granny Smith or other tart variety)
  • 1 cup diced Bosc pear
  • 1/4 finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes (cut in halves)
  • 1 cup pulled or chopped turkey meat
  • 1/2 tsp good quality Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste


Follow these easy instructions for a quick and delicious salad!

In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, cider or red wine vinegar, mustard and Cajun Seasoning together and set aside. In another mixing bowl, combine the diced apple and pear with the lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar. Toss to coat completely. Add the coated apple and pear to the mayonnaise mix along with the walnuts, grapes, celery and turkey. Mix completely and season to taste. Serve in lettuce cups, over shredded lettuce or spoon into a pita for a great "leftover" meal! Bon Appetit!

Also try adding...

  • Mandarin orange slices
  • Pistachios
  • Almond slivers
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Grated parmesan
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Carrots
  • Shaved fennel


Check out some of my other Perfect Recipe hubs!


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    • Delaney Boling profile imageAUTHOR

      Delaney Boling 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Carol! I forgot to mention that a little yellow curry powder also goes great in this salad.

    • Carol the Writer profile image

      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds really good. And you have the variations with cranberries, orange slices, and other good things. Thank you for sharing this with us. – Carol

    • Delaney Boling profile imageAUTHOR

      Delaney Boling 

      8 years ago

      You're welcome Breakfastpop! I used to make this everyday when I was the Chef at a tea house (subsituting chicken) and I was always amazed how quickly we'd run out. I used to go through about 8 quarts in one shift! Also, have some fun with the recipe - if you think some other ingredient sounds like it might taste good in Waldorf salad, try it out! I love to use pineapple in place of the pears but unfortunately I'm mildly allergic.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      I happen to love Waldorf Salad, but have never made it. Now I will give it a try. Thanks again.


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