Traditional Waldorf Salad

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Waldorf Salad

This delicious Waldorf salad has been one of my families continuing traditions for generations.  It is a recipe that has been handed down apparently from my Great-grandmother, to her daughter, who passed it to my mother who taught it to me; and I have passed it to my own daughter.

This colorful, delightful recipe has been placed proudly into family Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter dinners since its creation in the late 1890s.  What a wonderful recipe.


  • 6 Red Delicious apples, cored and diced
  • 1 cup sliced celery, sliced thin
  • 1 cup red grapes, seedless if available
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, rough chopped


  • 1 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream


Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl, toss gently to combine.

In a small bowl, add dressing ingredients.  Whisk together, pour over salad ingredients in bowl.  Toss gently to coat all.

To serve:

This salad can be served family style in its own beautiful glass bowl, then passed around the table allowing each family member to pile on as much as they

want or it can be served on individual salad plates.

To serve individually:

Arrange one lettuce leaf on each cold salad plate; place 1 cup salad on each lettuce leaf, garnish with a few grapes and broken walnuts.  Place one salad at each place setting.  Of course salad goes just to the right of the dinner knife tip, close to the water goblet. 

Whether served at an informal gathering or a formal dinner gala this crunchy-fresh salad is a masterpiece, skillfully assembled from the pantry of a true gastronomic artist.

Use this recipe to start your own family tradition, and pass it on, and on!

Waldorf Salad was created at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Your City, and was first put together and served in 1896 by the maitre d, Oscar Tschirky. 

Many thanks go to Mr. Tschirky, for this fabulous salad; which has been passed down through the many generations of our family! 

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