Waldorf Salad

| May 5, 2019 | 3 Comments

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad made easy with complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions and a printable recipe.


Waldorf Salad, as seen on Taste of
Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe


Waldorf Salad, slider.


This may not be considered a Southern dish, what with it originating up in New York and all, but I know a whole lot of Southerners that really like it. Smile.

I was married by the first time I ever tasted a Waldorf Salad.

My wife and I were at a Sonny’s BBQ place that had a salad bar with Waldorf Salad, and it just looked too good not to try. I guess I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

It’s a very “refreshing” salad with the apples and the celery, but it has a bit of crunch from the walnuts, and the dressing just sets it apart from anything else you might consider a salad.

You’ll find lots of variations for making it if you look for them, but I like the basic version I’ve included here. Well, almost the basic. I think the original only had apples, celery, and mayonnaise.

It goes together quickly, and can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you’re ready for it. I do caution you though, that if you don’t intend to serve it right away, hold off on adding the walnuts until just before you get ready to serve it. That will keep them crunchy. Otherwise, they get a bit soggy from the dressing.

You’ll also want a good sweet apple if you’re like me. Red Delicious would be my variety of choice if you can find them.

So, if you’re ready to whip up a quick and easy salad for supper, or any old time, then let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Waldorf Salad, you'll need these ingredients.
Waldorf Salad Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.


Waldorf Salad, wash the apples and celery.
Wash the apples and celery first. Scrub them good to remove any dirt.


Waldorf Salad, chop the celery.
Chop the celery into very small pieces. Set it aside for now.

We’ll do the apples a little later on so they don’t turn brown while we’re working on the rest of the recipe.


Waldorf Salad, add the mayo.
Grab a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise.


Waldorf Salad, add the lemon juice.
Add the lemon juice.


Waldorf Salad, add the honey.
Add the honey.

If you prefer, you could add a teaspoon or so of sugar instead of using honey.


Waldorf Salad, add the salt.
Add the salt. I used just under a level measuring spoon of salt. You can add more later if you think you need it but go easy at first.


Waldorf Salad, add the black pepper.
Add in the black pepper.


Waldorf Salad, stir together.
Stir the ingredients together until fully combined.

Taste this mixture to see if you need to add anything else. I like it just a tad bit sweet, so I did add just a bit of sugar to the dressing. I might have a sweet tooth though. Smile.


Waldorf Salad, core and dice the apples.
Remove the core from the apples, then cut them into small pieces. I leave the peeling on the apple to add some color to the dish.


Waldorf Salad, toss the apples in the dressing.
Place the apples in the bowl with the dressing and toss the pieces well to fully coat them.

The lemon in the dressing should keep the apples from turning brown.


Waldorf Salad, add the celery.
Now, add the celery.


Waldorf Salad, add the raisins.
Add the raisins.

Many recipes use red grapes instead of raisins. I like those too, but I had the raisins on hand so that’s what I used. Besides, red grapes are kind of expensive around my part of the world.


Waldorf Salad, add the walnuts.
Add the chopped walnuts.

Please Note: You can add the walnuts at this point if you plan on serving the salad right away, If you don’t intend to serve it soon, wait and add the walnuts right before serving so they will stay crunchy and not get soggy.


Waldorf Salad, fold everything together.
Grab a big spoon, and scooping from the bottom of the bowl, fold all the ingredients together until the pieces are fully coated with the dressing.


Waldorf Salad, enjoy.

Serve the salad on some lettuce leaves for a little extra splash of color.


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Waldorf Salad, as seen on Taste of

Waldorf Salad

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Easy to make Waldorf Salad with mayonnaise and honey. Complete step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions on Taste of



  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Red Delicious Apples
  • 1 cup Celery
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Walnuts


  1. Wash the apples and celery under cool running water.
  2. Slice the celery into small pieces. Set aside.
  3. Place mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the lemon juice.
  5. Add the honey.
  6. Add the salt.
  7. Add the black pepper.
  8. Whisk ingredients together to fully combine.
  9. Taste the dressing to see if it needs a bit more honey or sugar.
  10. Core the apples and cut into small diced pieces.
  11. Place apples in bowl with dressing. Toss to coat.
  12. Add the celery.
  13. Add the raisins.
  14. Add the walnuts if serving right away. Wait if not.
  15. Fold gently to fully coat with the dressing.
  16. Enjoy!


You can use sugar if you don’t want to use the honey. And, red grapes are often sliced and used instead of raisins. There are lots of recipes and variations on this well known salad. Try our basic recipe first, then make it your own.

Keywords: Waldorf Salad, side dish, made from scratch, Duke's Mayonnaise, southern recipes, easy


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  1. Kathryn L Ransom says:

    This is a nice refreshing salad for any dinner especially in the spring/summer Steve. I don’t use the raisins however… we have been known to put some coconut flakes in it …however. I have a friend who also puts pineapple chunks in it. I don’t do that however. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. God Bless you and yours Steve.

  2. Marilyn Allison says:

    Good Morning Steve

    My mother-in-law introduced me to her version of Waldorf Salad, she put coconut in it, minus the celery. I have made a version with mayo, without celery. I think this would be a lovely new taste for my family, never thought of adding lemon juice, and the honey would make it all the better. Thanks for the recipe.

    Hope you get better soon, praying you will be out and about real soon.

  3. Karen Miller says:

    My favorite fruit salad. When I was younger, I would always ask for it with my birthday dinner. Now I fix it several times during the year.

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