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Elevate Your Salad Game: Modern Waldorf Salad Recipe Refreshed for 2023!

Created by Oscar Tschirky for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York (during the 1800s), this simple salad of apples, celery, and mayonnaise was combined table-side from many elegant dinners. Later expanded to include grapes and walnuts, this salad still remains a favorite for potlucks and picnics.

Here's an updated Waldorf Salad recipe that retains its traditional charm while adding a modern twist:


  • 2 cups of mixed greens (e.g., lettuce, arugula, spinach)

  • 2 apples, cored and diced (choose a crisp, sweet variety)

  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes, halved

  • 1 cup of celery, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (or a dairy-free alternative)

  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (or a vegan alternative)

  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey (or maple syrup), lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Adjust the sweetness and acidity to your taste.

  2. Toast the Walnuts: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them for about 5-7 minutes, or until they become fragrant and lightly browned. Be sure to keep an eye on them to prevent burning. Once toasted, roughly chop the walnuts.

  3. Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, diced apples, halved grapes, sliced celery, toasted walnuts, and dried cranberries.

  4. Add the Dressing: Pour the prepared dressing over the salad ingredients. Gently toss the salad to coat everything evenly with the dressing.

  5. Serve: Plate the salad in individual servings or on a large platter. Optionally, garnish with a few extra walnut pieces and a drizzle of honey (or maple syrup) for an extra touch of sweetness.

This updated Waldorf Salad maintains a delightful combination of crunchy, sweet, and savory elements while offering a lighter and healthier dressing option. It's a refreshing and satisfying salad that can be served as a side dish or a light meal on its own. Enjoy!


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