Classic Waldorf Salad Recipe

This easy Waldorf Salad recipe is a timeless classic that perfectly combines the crispness of fresh apples and celery with the sweetness of grapes and the rich, nutty flavor of toasted walnuts or pecans. Tossed in a light, creamy dressing, it’s a refreshing salad that’s ideal for serving a crowd, whether at picnics, potlucks, or any gathering throughout the year. Here’s how to put it together:


  • 2 cups diced tart apples, or 2 apples: The star of the salad, providing a fresh, crisp texture and a touch of tartness.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar: To lightly sweeten the apples.
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice: Prevents the apples from browning and adds a zesty flavor.
  • 1 cup diced celery: Adds a crunchy texture and a slightly peppery taste.
  • 1 cup grapes, halved: Brings sweetness and a juicy burst in every bite.
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped: Offers a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
  • ½ cup whipping cream, whipped: Forms the base of the creamy dressing.
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise: Adds richness and binds the dressing together.
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.


  1. Prepare the Apples:
    • Dice the apples into small, bite-sized pieces. To prevent them from browning, toss the diced apples in a bowl with lemon juice and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Toast the Nuts:
    • If not already toasted, spread the walnuts or pecans on a baking sheet and toast in a 350°F (175°C) oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until they’re fragrant and slightly darker in color. Watch them closely to prevent burning. Let them cool, then roughly chop.
  3. Whip the Cream:
    • In a mixing bowl, whip the cream until medium peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip. Gently fold in the mayonnaise and kosher salt to form the dressing.
  4. Combine the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine the sugared apples, diced celery, halved grapes, and toasted nuts. Toss gently to mix.
  5. Dress the Salad:
    • Add the whipped cream and mayonnaise mixture to the salad. Fold everything together until the fruits and nuts are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Chill and Serve:
    • For the best flavor, chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  7. Garnish:
    • Before serving, give the salad a gentle stir and, if desired, garnish with additional chopped nuts or a sprinkle of celery leaves for a decorative touch.

This Waldorf Salad is a delightful blend of textures and flavors, making it a perfect side dish for any meal or occasion. Its freshness and crunch make it especially appealing during the warmer months, but it’s equally enjoyable any time of year. Enjoy sharing this classic, refreshing salad with friends and family!