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Waldorf Salad Recipe - Quick and Healthy

Updated on November 7, 2015
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Waldorf salad was first created in 1896 not by a chef but by a maître d'hôtel in the name of Oscar Tschirky of the famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, using only three ingredients: apples, celery and mayonnaise. As in any other progress in the evolution of food, walnuts was added and eventually became an integral part of the salad.

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad | Source

My version: Lighter and Healthier

The classic Waldorf salad recipe is made with a pinch of sugar and salt. I've deleted these two ingredients and replaced them with a much healthier choice: raisins (for sweetness) and zest of lemon or lemon juice (for saltiness).

Note: Lemon juice is also used to prevent apple from oxidizing and becoming brown because no matter how crisp and juicy the apple, no one wants to eat it once it turns brown.

Carving is an art - So, I carved my name on the apple!
Carving is an art - So, I carved my name on the apple! | Source

Cooking and Preparing food is an art~

Thus, it should come from the heart and needs no exact measurements. Train yourself to add ingredients according to your taste and desire and save your time washing all those measuring tools.

I never measure anything in the kitchen!

What you need

  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Fresh lemon (juice)
  3. Red apples (cored and diced)
  4. Sliced celery stems
  5. Raisins or halves red grapes (optional)
  6. Walnuts (chopped)
  7. Iceberg lettuce


Note: You can also use plain greek yoghurt or sour cream if you like instead of mayonnaise.

Three basic ingredients: apples, celery, mayonnaise
Three basic ingredients: apples, celery, mayonnaise | Source

How to do it

  1. Wash and dice apples. Be sure to remove seeds. Squeeze few drops of lemon into diced apples.
  2. Cut celery and combine it with the apples, raisins and walnuts in a deep bowl.
  3. Put some mayonnaise and mix all the ingredients well. Toss until well coated.
  4. Cover and chill for around 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve in a bed of lettuce and top some more walnuts (if desired).


Watch that calories!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 138
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
* 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.

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Did you know?

Every celebrity and famous people of the world who has checked in at the Waldorf Astoria hotel was served Waldorf salad, including Pope Francis and President Obama.

Fact: Waldorf-Astoria hotel was the first hotel in the world to offer room service for guests.

Waldorf Astoria Hotel-1899
Waldorf Astoria Hotel-1899 | Source

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    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ChitrangadaSharan:Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Keep well.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious and nutritious and I always like quick, healthy recipes with few ingredients.

      Loved your pictures and clear instructions.

      Thank you for sharing. Have a great day and a Blessed 2016!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Yah, the lettuce is actually just for presentation purposes but then again, we can also eat it. I do. :)

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DDE: Thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, does this bring back memories! My mother made it the same way as you, minus the lettuce. The few ingredients, the better.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant idea! I like new recipes.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello and thank you Faith! Pleasure to see you here. Apple is timeless and so this recipe. :)

      Stay healthy and happy.

      Love from the sky. ~

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      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: Hello Sha! Banana? That's interesting! I've never heard of that before but of course, we can always experiment with any recipe. Thank you for sharing your version of this healthy and delicious salad. Will try that next time.

      Stay healthy and here's sending you some love from the sky. ~

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cris,

      I have always loved Waldorf salad. You have added much interest with the history here too. Thanks for this wonderful reminder about this simple yet yummy recipe.

      Peace and blessings

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love Waldorf salad. I put bananas in mine, in addition to the apples, walnuts and celery. I love the idea of using Greek yogurt instead of mayo. I'll have to try that the next time I make it.

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ericdierker: Thank you. Glad you like it and I bet your family will love it too. Enjoy!

    • CrisSp profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Jodah: Thank you.

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      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      justthemessenger: Thank you. Glad to be of help. I'm pretty sure you'll like it. Enjoy!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great hub, I will make this sometime this week. I like it.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good recipe hub, Cris. Waldorf salad is a very simple recipe but I think your idea to make it even healthier with lemon juice and raisins is a good one. I love your apple carving...well done.

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      James C Moore 

      3 years ago from The Great Midwest

      You did your home work on the Waldorf Astoria. This was helpful as I'm always on the lookout for healthy food that can be prepared and eaten in a hurry.


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