How To Make Apple Waldorf Salad


Waldorf salad was created in 1896 by the dining room manager at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Although there are many variations on the classic Waldorf salad, the basic recipe contains apples, celery and mayonnaise. The use of fresh apples from the backyard orchard will provide a fresh tang to this old classic.

Step 1

Place the cranberries or cherries in a bowl and cover them with 1 cup of boiling water. Allow them to soak until softened, about 10 minutes. Pour them into a strainer to drain.

Step 2

Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and sugar in a large bowl. Add the apples, celery and cranberries and toss lightly to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter or individual salad plates, spoon the Waldorf salad over them and sprinkle the walnuts over the top.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowls
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large platter or individual salad plates
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1 1/3 cups red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Chopped walnuts


  • Food History: The History of Waldorf Salad
  • “Bon Appetit” Magazine; Waldorf Salad; September 1999
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