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Crunchy with crisp apples, celery and toasted nuts, this easy Waldorf salad is a classic recipe perfect for a crowd any time of year. With yearnings coming on strong for the good old days, I feel like there’s a retro resurgence coming to home cooking. Or is it already here? The comforts of familiar family recipes have been making their way back into the main stream for a while and classic potluck and picnic salad recipes are some of the quickest to rebound. Who needs fancy or fussy when you crave soothing and satisfying? And you guys agree, because the recipes for the best potato salad, macaroni salad, and creamy coleslaw are always at the top of the most popular recipes here on FoodieCrush.

This classic Waldorf salad recipe is from my Grandma Mary Jane. Like her Parmesan crusted chicken and classic lemon bars, I discovered it while digging through her recipe cards that are now mine, and also now yours.

The Waldorf salad is said to have originated over 100 years ago at the Waldorf hotel in New York City. Starting out as a simple salad of apples, celery, and mayonnaise—ingredients that are in season all year long—over the years its flavor was tweaked with the addition of grapes and nuts added to the mix.



½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
a pinch of salt
3 apples — peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup thinly sliced celery
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins (Optional)



In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt.

Stir in the apples, celery, walnuts, and raisins. Chill until ready to serve.


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