Cranberry Walnut Apple Salad


Some people consider cranberry, walnut, apple salad to be a fresh take on the classic Waldorf Salad--an apple, celery, walnut and mayonnaise concoction that can trace its roots back to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Today, many variations of the salad exist. If you want to make a salad that includes cranberry, walnut and apple as the key ingredients, you can use a variety of ingredients to fill out the dish.

Cranberry Waldorf Salad

Step 1

Bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil. Pour an entire package of raspberry gelatin into the boiling water. Pour into a glass dish and place in the refrigerator until the gelatin has thickened just enough that it holds its shape, but can still be easily stirred.

Step 2

Add the remaining ingredients to the gelatin, one at a time. Ingredients to add, according to the recipe at, are: 1 cup cranberry sauce, ½ cup chopped celery, ½ cup chopped apple, ½ cup chopped walnuts and ½ cup mayo.

Step 3

Fold the ingredients into the gelatin with a spatula or a spoon. Continue folding the gelatin until all ingredients are mixed together.

Step 4

Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftover Cranberry Waldorf salad.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese

Step 1

Prepare all of the salad ingredients for the Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad. The Prime Cuts website recommends a salad with a Spring Mix lettuce base, cut red onion, chopped Granny Smith apples, cut pears, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries and crumbles of blue cheese.

Step 2

Put all salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Toss the salad with tongs or two forks so that the ingredients are combined well.

Step 3

Top the salad with just enough apple cider vinegar to coat all the pieces. Toss the salad again to make sure the entire salad gets coated thoroughly.

Things You'll Need

  • Raspberry gelatin
  • Pan
  • Glass dish
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup of chopped apple
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup mayo
  • Spatula or spoon
  • -OR-
  • Spring Mix
  • Cut red onion
  • Chopped Granny Smith apples
  • Cut pears
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tongs or 2 forks
  • Apple cider vinegar


  • Kitchen Project: The History of Waldorf Salad
  • Cooks: Cranberry Waldorf Salad
  • Prime Cuts Blog: Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles
Keywords: cranberry salad, walnut salad, apple salad, Waldorf salad

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