Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf salad's simple combination of apples, celery, and mayo was first introduced at an 1893 charity ball at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, and it's been known as a Waldorf salad ever since. Waldorf salad is a classic bound salad with fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, held together with acreamy mayonnaise dressing. It has a wonderfully crisp and refreshing texture, and can be adjusted to suit your preferences and the produce you enjoy.

Start with the basic recipe for a classic Waldorf salad:


  • 2 cups of diced apples (usually red-skinned apples like Gala or Fuji)
  • 1 cup of diced celery
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves for serving (optional)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced apples, diced celery, and chopped walnuts.

  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and lemon juice. If you prefer a slightly sweeter dressing, you can add a teaspoon of sugar to the mixture. Season the dressing with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Pour the dressing over the apple, celery, and walnut mixture. Gently toss everything together until the ingredients are well coated with the dressing. 

  4. If desired, serve atop a single lettuce leaf. Enjoy your homemade Waldorf salad!


You can also customize the Waldorf salad by adding additional ingredients like:

Waldorf Salad is a versatile recipe that you can adapt and make your own.