Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe with Cranberries

The original Waldorf Salad Recipe was created in the late 1800s at, as you may have guessed, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.  There are many variations of the waldorf salad recipe, but it usually includes chicken, fresh apples, celery, walnuts, dried fruit and a dressing made from mayo.   Although, I will point out, the original recipe did not include walnuts.  That was an adaptation that occurred in the 1920s. 

This recipe is reminiscent for me of the filling for chicken salad sandwiches, but with the sweet addition of fruit.  Either way, I love chicken salad sandwiches, and I love waldorf salads.  

The great thing about this recipe is that you can modify it to suit your tastes, or the contents of your fridge.  If you have some leftover turkey instead of chicken, use turkey instead! If you happen to have grapes that need to be used, dice ’em up and add them in place of diced apples.  There are literally hundreds of variations to this dish, which means you can reinvent it as many times as you are inspired to do so.  

Here is a waldorf salad recipe that I created in my kitchen, which I thought turned out delightfully.  

Homemade Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad Recipe


(Makes about 2 cups of waldorf salad)

  • 1 cup of cooked chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup apple, chopped
  • 1/8 cup of dried cranberries (you could probably use fresh, but I haven’t tried it)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I found organic mayo at Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream 
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Juice from half a lemon 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Add all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to a heaping pile of lettuce, or spread on top of toasted bread for a sandwich. 

waldorf salad with cranberries

Do you enjoy waldorf salads?  What do you add to your waldorf salad recipes?

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One Response to Waldorf Salad Recipe with Cranberries

  1. Your salad looks delicious especially with the seasonal cranberries. Interesting information about the Waldorf Salad history. I had no idea!

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