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Classic Waldorf Salad

Created in the 1890s at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, and noted in Cole Porter’s 1934 tune “You’re the Top,” Waldorf Salad was once the be-all and end-all of culinary elegance.


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¾ cup broken walnut pieces
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4 10-inch celery stalks, cut into 3/8-inch dice (2 cups)
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2 red-skinned apples, cored and cut into ½-inch dice (3 cups)
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1 cup halved red grapes
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12 Boston lettuce leaves

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½ cup light or vegan mayonnaise
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1 Tbs. lemon juice
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½ tsp. honey or agave nectar
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1 Tbs. chopped parsley


1. To make Salad: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread walnuts on baking sheet, and toast 8 to 10 minutes, or until light brown and fragrant. Cool.

2. Combine celery, apples, grapes, and toasted walnuts in large bowl.

3. To make Dressing: Stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, and parsley in bowl. Toss with Salad. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

4. To serve, arrange 2 lettuce leaves on each plate. Top each with 1 cup Salad.

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3 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
18 g
0 mg
176 mg
3 g
12 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

The Waldorf salad is not vegan as the recipe calls for honey. Vegans do not eat any animal derived product, including honey.

It's not vegan if it has honey in it

Where did it say it was vegan?

Nevermind, I see on the opening page. i guess by saying honey OR agave, it covers vegetarians and vegans.

It doesn't say it's vegan, but it also gives the option of substituting the honey for agave which would make it vegan.

I remember eating something in the army mess hall in the 70's. They called it Waldorf salad but it was nuts, appples, carrots and raisins