Who knew such an old recipe could still taste this good after all these years? You’ve probably come across a Waldorf salad at least once or twice in your life. It’s simple, fresh, and packed with lots of fruit and nuts. Now, don’t be fooled by its simplicity – this dish is so refined and utterly elegant. You can serve this dish at a party, or make it yourself—no sharing required. The end result is not only delicious and impressive, but also filled with some of our favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. Nutritious, eye-pleasing, and easy to put together—what more could you ask for from a salad? !
History of the Classic Waldorf Salad:
The classic Waldorf salad recipe first appeared in 1896. Named for and created by New York City’s posh Waldorf Astoria hotel, the salad was served at a charity ball at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. Chef Oscar Tschirky – better known as “The Oscars of the Waldorf” – included it in his cookbook, cookbook, published in 1896. This recipe has changed over time, as the original salad consisted only of apples, celery, and mayonnaise; season with salt and pepper.
For a fresh salad like this one, choose an apple that will resist oxidation (the reaction between food and oxygen that causes discoloration) for as long as possible. Meaning, you want to choose apples that won’t brown quickly. When choosing your favorite apple, you also need to pay attention to its texture and taste. We love Granny Smith apples for their crunch and tartness. Other options include:
- Honey Crisp
- pink lady
Are the walnuts optional?
The walnuts add a wonderful texture to this dish, and we love the rich, nutty flavor they bring. We even like to toast the walnuts before adding them to the salad to further enhance the flavor of this dish! That said, if you have an allergy or dislike nuts, you can definitely skip them. Waldorf’s good ‘ole Oscar has no added walnuts either!
Our classic Waldorf salad recipe includes wholesome fresh grapes! We usually use red grapes as they add a pop of color and are just sweet enough – green grapes tend to be a bit too sour. To cut the grapes, place them (in a single layer) on a plate and place another equal-sized plate on top. Then, take a serrated knife and cut horizontally between the two boards. You’ll save a lot of time and effort compared to halving them individually.
Classic Waldorf Salad Dressing is super easy to throw together and made with minimal ingredients. We love plain Greek yogurt (you can substitute sour cream), mayonnaise (a necessary fat addition to help retain flavor and smoothen the salad), and salt. Simple and delicious.
Feel free to serve it on its own or on a bed of lettuce for a light lunch. Otherwise, it’s a delicious side dish, especially at a holiday gathering! We love the idea of pairing it with: