Waldorf Salad Recipe

(19 ratings)

Preparation Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories314 Kcal16%
Fat26 g37%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Carbohydrates16 g6%

Waldorf salad is a fruity and refreshing summer salad that is so easy to make. The crunch of apples and celery work so well with the rich mayonnaise dressing and provide a lovely freshness. If you have ever wondered where this classic salad gets its name, the Waldorf salad is named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where it was first presented in 1893. This classic American salad has stood the test of time, and it’s easy to see why. Some people like to use yoghurt to dress a Waldorf salad, but we’ve stuck with the classic mayonnaise. Using a good quality mayo makes this salad extra special - we love Delouis and Stokes. You could even try making your own mayo, if you’re feeling adventurous! The original recipe for a Waldorf salad didn’t contain nuts, but they were added at a later date, and we love the crunch and flavour they provide. For more easy summer salads, why not check out our fattoush salad or our classic Caesar salad.


  1. Halve the grapes and set aside. Halve the apples and core – a melon baller or teaspoon is perfect for this. Finely slice then mix into the lemon juice to prevent them from discolouring. Finely slice the celery and shred the lettuce.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the grapes, apples, celery and lettuce. Add the mustard and mayonnaise. Season and give it all a good mix. Put into a serving bowl and add the pecans, then scatter over the sumac and cress.


  • 150g black seedless grapes
  • 2 crisp eating apples
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 baby gem lettuce
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 80g mayonnaise
  • 60g pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 2tsp sumac
  • handful of cress
Jane Curran

Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.