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Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf salad recipe is a healthy recipe that has tart apples, sweet grapes, creamy mayo, crunchy walnuts, and dried cranberries.  Use up your leftover turkey to make this classic salad with a simple dressing.  Serve with lettuce for a light supper, or make into a sandwich for an easy lunch; either way, it's sure to please.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Waldorf salad recipe, Waldorf salad recipe
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 541kcal
Author: Brooke


For the Dressing

  • 1 cup Duke's mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • sprinkle of salt and black pepper

For the Salad

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 ⅔ cups turkey chopped
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes halved
  • 1 Granny Smith apple finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 head butter lettuce


Making the Dressing

  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

Making the Salad

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Toast the walnuts by spreading them on a small baking tray and baking them for 6 minutes.  Remove from the oven, shake the pan to redistribute the nuts, and bake for another 6 minutes.  Test to see if they are done by tasting one walnut piece.  The walnuts should look browned and taste toasted.
  • Toss the chopped apples with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Gently toss together the turkey, grapes, apples, and dried cranberries in a large bowl.
  • Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat each piece.  Cover and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, stir the toasted walnuts into the salad.  Line each dinner plate or a serving platter with butter lettuce leaves and place the Waldorf salad on top of the lettuce.  Serve cold.


  • Toast the walnuts for more flavor, but add them in just before serving.
  • Toss the chopped apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Chill for a minimum of one hour.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg