Waldorf Salad Recipe (One Bowl)

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Quick and easy Waldorf salad recipe with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, mayonnaise. A traditional classic salad from 1800’s and made in one pot/bowl.

This creamy and fruity Waldorf salad might truly be one of the best Summer salads ever.

Original Waldorf salad recipe:

It was first developed in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1893 and the original recipe did not have any grapes or walnuts. Those were added later, as this salad gained popularity.

It’s served on a bed of lettuce and has subtle crunch from walnuts. Usually, whole walnuts are used but I like to use chopped walnuts because they are easier to eat.

This traditional Waldorf salad is a classic and the best!

I usually serve it as a side dish but I have also served it as mini individual appetizers and I love to enjoy leftovers as a deliciously light snack.

Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Walnut
  • Lettuce

What kind of apples are best for Waldorf salad?

Gala apples and Granny Smith apples are the best.

How do you make the dressing for Waldorf salad?

There is no separate dressing. The creaminess comes from mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lemon juice.

What is in a Waldorf chicken salad?

It’s the same classic recipe but also has diced cooked chicken pieces (about 1 cup).

How did the Waldorf salad get its name?

It got its name from the hotel where the recipe was first created- Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

Best Waldorf Salad Recipe (Traditional, Classic Salad)

Other Waldorf salad recipes:

  • Cranberry Waldorf salad– Mix in 1/3 cup dried cranberries.
  • Healthy Waldorf salad– Substitute mayonnaise with full fat Greek yogurt. However, it will add a bit of a tangy flavor. It can be adjusted with honey or powdered sugar.
  • Broccoli Waldorf Salad– Add 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli.
  • Make other sweeter variations of this recipe by using whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar and even mini marshmallows.

Waldorf Salad Ingredients (One Pot/ One Bowl)

Tips for easy Waldorf salad recipe:

  • For maximum creaminess, use full fat mayonnaise and add more to make it even more creamy.
  • To prevent the salad from becoming too “watery,” pat the apples and grapes dry with paper towels.
  • Toast the walnuts to enhance the “nutty” flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice, based on your preference.

Other One Pot Salad Recipes/ Sides:

Other easy One Pot/ Pan Side Dishes:

Classic Waldorf Salad Recipe
5 from 6 votes

Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Quick and easy Waldorf salad recipe with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, mayonnaise. A traditional classic salad from 1800's and made in one pot/bowl.

Servings: 4 Servings
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 7 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 Red apple Cored, Roughly chopped
  • 1 Green apple Cored, Roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Red grapes
  • 1 cup Celery Thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts Roughly chopped
  • Lettuce leaves For serving


  1. In a deep mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper and mix until smooth.

  2. Add the apples, grapes, celery, walnuts and mix everything together. 

  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.  

  4. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce and enjoy. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 175mg7%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 7.9mg10%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy cooking everyone!

11 comments on “Waldorf Salad Recipe (One Bowl)”

  1. Great recipe this looks so tasty and heartfelt!!

  2. This sounds amazing! I want to dive into my screen!

  3. This looks amazing! Those colors in the salad say it all….

  4. Adding to my list of must makes!

  5. One bowl is always best! Love how delicious and easy this is!

  6. Loved this. So so loved this. Great dinner!

  7. I also add chopped cashews for a bit of a flavour twist. 😋 Delicious!!

  8. Could yogurt be a substitute for mayonnaise?

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