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Classic Waldorf Salad

Katerina | Diethood
Classic Waldorf Salad is a crunchy blend of apples, nuts, celery, and creamy-sweet dressing. It’s easy to make ahead, and perfect for the holidays!
Servings : 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes



  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and salt.
  • To the dressing, add the chopped apples, halved grapes, celery, cranberries, and walnuts.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Taste and adjust.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Spoon salad on lettuce.
  • Serve.


  • Apples: Use a variety of crispy, crunchy, tart, and sweet apples. I like to use Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and sometimes I also add a Granny Smith. 
  • Chopped Fruit: To get a balanced bite of each crunchy, sweet, and tart treat, make sure to chop up all the ingredients about the same size.
  • Walnuts: For a deeper, more intense flavor, toast the nuts for a minute, before adding them to the salad.
  • Add-Ins: Keep the recipe traditional, as presented here, or you can also make it your own by adding in pineapple chunks, mini marshmallows, raisins, chopped chicken, sunflower seeds, and so on.
  • Liquid: The longer the salad sits, the more liquid it will release. Before serving, make sure to drain out any extra liquid, and stir the salad.


Calories: 227 kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Cholesterol: 3 mg | Sodium: 162 mg | Potassium: 257 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 25 g | Vitamin A: 132 IU | Vitamin C: 5 mg | Calcium: 45 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 27 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Salads/Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas side dishes, fruit salad, thanksgiving side dishes