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Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

The Waldorf Salad is a classic American dish that originated in the late 19th century at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Known for its refreshing and crisp combination of apples, celery, and walnuts, this salad has been a beloved staple for generations.

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It's often served as an appetizer or a light side dish for Chicken Gyro, Lightly Fried Grouper Sandwich, or Turkey and Cheese Roll Ups. Or this version could easily be a main course by adding diced chicken!

I first had one in a relatively odd spot - the Chocolate Emporium in Orlando. They altered the classic recipe some to include chicken and a few other things. This is my take on their version of it. As you know the classic doesn't get mixed with lettuce. This one does to create a super easy light salad!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Apple Varieties: Use a mix of apple varieties to add depth to the salad. Granny Smith apples provide a tart contrast, while Red Delicious or Fuji apples add sweetness.
  • Prevent Browning: To prevent the apples from browning, you can toss the diced apples in a little lemon juice before mixing them with other ingredients.
  • Greek Yogurt Substitute: For a lighter version, substitute half or all of the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. This will give a tangy flavor and reduce the calorie content.
  • Add Protein: For a more substantial salad, consider adding diced cooked chicken or turkey. This can transform the Waldorf Salad into a satisfying main course.
  • Dried Fruits: Add a handful of dried cranberries or raisins for an extra layer of sweetness and texture.
  • Herbs: Fresh herbs like parsley or mint can add a refreshing twist to the salad.
  • Nut Alternatives: If you're not a fan of walnuts or have allergies, try using pecans, almonds, or sunflower seeds for a different crunch.

Enjoy your classic Waldorf Salad as a refreshing appetizer or a delightful side dish that brings a touch of history and elegance to your table!

Recipe

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Easy Waldorf Salad w/ Chicken

Sheri
Perfect for a light lunch or a refreshing dinner, this salad combines crunch, sweetness, and savory flavors in every bite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 534 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large apples Granny Smith or Red Delicious, cored and diced
  • 1 cup chicken diced **optional
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup seedless grapes halved
  • ½ cup walnuts and cranberries
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lettuce leaves shredded

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix well until smooth.
  • Add the diced apples, chopped celery, halved grapes, and chopped walnuts. Mix with the dressing to coat evenly.
  • Add the lettuce and toss if serving immediately. Wait to combine if serving later.
  • Optionally, garnish with additional chopped walnuts or a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
  • For the best flavor, chill the salad in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Chicken
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