Basic Waldorf Salad

Classic Waldorf salad in a bowl

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
289 Calories
27g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 289
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 2g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This basic Waldorf salad is a classic combination of apples, celery, mayonnaise, and walnuts. Serve the salad on crisp mixed salad greens or lettuce. Add some raisins or dried cranberries to the salad if you like. 

The basic Waldorf salad dates back to the late 1800s. Walnuts were added in 1928, along with grapes. This version does not include grapes but feel free to add about 1 cup of halved seedless grapes for an updated Waldorf salad.


  • 2 cups apples (coarsely chopped; about 2 medium apples)
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Toss all ingredients together in a serving bowl.

  3. Serve Waldorf salad on mixed salad greens.