Basic Waldorf Salad Recipe

Classic Waldorf Salad in a Bowl
Diana Rattray
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
289 Calories
27g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
(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. Toss all ingredients together in a serving bowl.

  2. Serve Waldorf salad on mixed salad greens.