Best Waldorf Salad Recipe

Best Waldorf Salad Recipe with celery, apples, spinach, grapes and walnuts, amazingly fresh and crunchy. It has a homemade salad dressing made of light Greek yogurt and a bit of mayo, and a good drizzle of lemon juice. The perfect recipe when you want something quick and easy.

Close-up shot of a walforf salad

With Christmas and Boxing Day truly over, we have a tiny break before the New Year to rest from all those mince pies, roasts and booze.

If you can’t possible see turkey in front of your eyes anymore, but would much rather try something lighter, this Waldorf salad is the answer.

It might not cure a bad hangover, but it can certainly help detox from those heavy gargantuan meals.

Now, don’t expect to lose all the extra weight you might have put on these days in a go only, better take it easy and enjoy, there’s more to come soon.

I do love a good salad, although, you know me, l wouldn’t just eat leaves, that’s not food. Throw some other ingredients in, and you can count on me.

If you’d like to make it a bit more filling, you can added cooked chicken to it, or any other leftover meat from your dinner.

There are a few variations of the Waldorf salad, and you’ll probably find that most recipes call for lettuce, rather than fresh spinach.

Overhead shoot of a waldorf salad on a bed of spinach leaves

What is Waldorf Salad made of?

Originally, Waldorf salad was made only of apples, celery and mayonnaise, and later on nuts were added too.

Nowadays, grapes and lettuce are common ingredients in the salad too. Although I don’t say no to mayo, I think it’s a bit too heavy for my liking to use only that as a dressing.

Hence why I added Greek yogurt too, and a good drizzle of lemon juice. If you cut the apples in advance, the lemon juice keeps them fresh, otherwise, they turn brown pretty quickly.

I used spinach instead of lettuce, I’m usually a spinach girl, but you can totally use lettuce for this recipe.

Orthers nuts can used too along with the walnuts, pecans and almonds would be a particularly good choice.

If you like your salads more filling, try adding cooked chicken pieces, it can only make it even tastier.

Overhead shoot of a bowl of waldorf salad

Is Waldorf Salad healthy?

Absolutely, especially if it’s not drenched in heaps of mayo. If you are worried about your calorie intake, you can omit mayonnaise altogether, and use yogurt only.

It will still be as delicious, and a lot healthier. I usually go for Greek yogurt, it’s creamy, silky, and its thicker texture binds the salad ingredients together a lot better.

All in all, it’s a lovely salad that l so much enjoyed, worth giving it a go. As with any salads, it’s best to serve it as soon as possible.

But if you want to prepare it in advance, l would just cut up the ingredients and drizzle some lemon juice over to keep fresh, and only add the dressing when you are ready to eat it.

Looking for another lovely salad? How about my Healthy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Feta? Equally delicious, and as healthy.

Close-up shot of a walforf salad

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Close-up shot of a walforf salad
Best Waldorf Salad Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Healthy Waldorf Salad with celery, apples, spinach, grapes and walnuts, amazingly fresh and crunchy, with a light Greek yogurt and mayo dressing, and a good drizzle of lemon juice.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy salads
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 357 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  1. Wash, core and chop the apples in chunks.

  2. Chop a few spinach leaves and cut the celery stalks and grapes, then add them all to a bowl together with the walnuts.

  3. Drizzle the lemon juice over, add yogurt and mayonnaise and combine well.

  4. Arrange spinach leaves on a plate, then top with the salad.

  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Best Waldorf Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 687mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 27g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 37.3%
Vitamin C 23.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  • Reply
    December 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    One of my favorite salads. Looks so very tasty! 🙂

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    January 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love a good Waldorf salad. And I’m with you on not wanting just leaves. I need some substance to my salads. This salad looks awesome!

  • Reply
    Martyn @ AmateurChef UK
    January 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    What a perfect salad, will give it a go as it looks really yummy!!

  • Reply
    January 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I never really knew what a Waldorf Salad was! I would love to try and make this food allergy friendly.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      I am sure you will love it, the salad is very light and tasty.

  • Reply
    Patti @ Cooks Recipe Collection
    January 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I haven’t had Waldorf Salad for so long. Reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 16, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you for your comment, it’s a very nice salad, l’ll definitely make it again.

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