Of course, traditional and classic dishes, which are definitely my most comfortable and favorite recipes to share, are in the recipe line-up too. Blogging about food over these last few years has taught me many things, but one of the primary self-realizations is that I’ve got some seriously old-school tastebuds… and I’m okay with that.
So, I want to start the year off with a lightened-up version of one my all-time favorite, indulgent, old-school salads: the Waldorf Salad.
When I say this recipe is old-school, I really mean it. The Waldorf Salad was born in the kitchen of the Waldorf Hotel (This establishment eventually became known as the original, famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel after a business merger in 1897) in New York City. The hotel’s manager at the time, Oscar Tschirky, is most credited with creating the recipe for some of the hotel’s grand opening day festivities in 1893. He subsequently published the original recipe in a cookbook titled: The Cookbook by Oscar of the Waldorf in 1896.
The original recipe only included apples, celery and mayonnaise, but as it happens to all recipes over time it’s been adapted into several versions. By the 1920’s, published recipes for the Waldorf Salad included chopped walnuts and still more modern versions add grapes, any number of sweet and savory spices and yogurt-based dressings.
Lightened Up Waldorf Salad printable recipe
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, rinsed, cored and chopped
- 1 large sweet apple (Pink Lady, Fugi or Gala are my faves), rinsed, cored and chopped
- 1 large celery stalk, rinsed, and diced or thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/ cup red seedless grapes, halved
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup honey-flavored Greek yogurt
- 3/4 Cool Whip (regular or Lite) or sweetened homemade whipped cream
- extra teaspoon of honey or sugar, optional if you want a bit more sweetness
- 1/2 cups walnuts or pecans, finely chopped
- 1 (10 oz) baby salad greens
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Hi Laura, thank you!
It is amazing all the things that can be done with Greek yogurt. I love fruit in salads – it makes all the difference in terms of flavor.
Thank you so much, Grace!! 🙂
I Cecilia! I try to show prep photos on as many posts as I can. Thank you for your visit!
i LOVE this salad and i'm thankful for the additions of nuts and grapes! i've never tried making it with cool whip–what a neat and appealing idea! nice twist, marcelle!
Sounds delicious! I like how you make the photos of the prep, really great!
Hello there, Liz! I know wouldn't like the mayo with this salad either! Thank you! 🙂
Hi there John, thank you!! 🙂
I never liked the Waldorf mixed with straight mayonnaise. Your dressing sounds much better! What a beautiful salad!
At a restaurant we once had a Waldorf salad topped with cold fried chicken. Fun combo! Love that you use two different apples in your version. Fuji are particularly nice, I think. Good to see an update of this classic — thanks!
Hi Bobbi, thank you!!
Hi David, I really hope you both enjoy it! Thank you 🙂
Thank you, Karen!
Hi Susan, thank you! 🙂
What a great version, Marcelle. Mark loves Waldorf salad so I want to make this for him. Oddly, he ha as been on an apple kick, too, so the timing is perfect!
I have not had waldorf salad in ages and now I am craving this. Love the addition of yogurt instead of mayo. Wishing you a super 2017 too!
I haven't had a Waldorf salad in ages and love your lightened version, Marcelle. Now I'm craving some 🙂
It is nice that you mixed two different apples, one for sweetness along with one a little tart…sounds good.
Hi Beth, Happy New Year! Thank you 🙂
Ooh … I like the idea of eating this for dessert. I'm trying to focus on healthy recipes too!
Hi there, Velva! Yes, back to the healthy diet always for the new year! Thank you 🙂
Thank you, Angie! 🙂
Quite yummy! There is something about the New Year that brings us all back to wanting to eat healthy in a delicious way.
Happy New Year!
Wonderful! We love salads and this one looks really tasty with all the fruits and nuts.