Waldorf Salad Recipe

While traditional Waldorf salads are covered in rich mayo-based dressing, this deconstructed Waldorf Salad Recipe is a significantly lighter version. Healthier versions of Salad Recipes are a wonderful way to keep the flavor without the calories of some popular dishes.

The dressing is a tasteful combination of sugar-free mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, which you drizzle on sparingly.

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While traditional Waldorf salads are covered in rich mayo-based dressing, this deconstructed Waldorf Salad Recipe is a significantly lighter version.

History of the Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf Salad is a classic American dish that was first created in the late 1800s at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.

The salad was a collaboration between the hotel’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, and the chef, who later named the dish in honor of the hotel.

The original recipe consisted of simple ingredients such as apples, celery, and mayonnaise, but it has since been adapted to include other ingredients such as grapes, walnuts, and chicken.

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Completed Waldorf Deconstructed Salad with Dressing

Deconstructed Waldorf Salad Recipe

Did you know the Waldorf salad actually is from the late 1800s? It is a true classic!

This recipe takes just 20 minutes to prep and makes 4 servings.

For best results, I recommend you prepare the dressing in advance to give the flavors time to develop. 

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. sugar-free mayonnaise
  • ¼ c. Greek yogurt
  • 1½ T. honey, preferably local
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • ½ t. salt
Deconstructed Waldorf Salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 large head Bibb lettuce, separated, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 c. red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped small
  • ½ c. walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Optional: 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

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Note: Granny Smith apples are crisp, but somewhat tart.

Homemade Waldorf Salad Dressing

Walford Salad Recipe Directions:

If desired, substitute any crisp, sweet variety instead. (One red and one green apple would make for a nice presentation).  

Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

Assemble the salad by lining four chilled salad plates with the Bibb lettuce leaves. Top with the apples, grapes, walnuts, and goat cheese, if using.

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Drizzle with some of the dressing and serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy! 

A healthier version of the Waldorf salad you love.
Waldorph Salad Recipe

Waldorph Salad Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

While traditional Waldorf salads are covered in rich mayo-based dressing, this deconstructed Waldorf Salad Recipe is a significantly lighter version.

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. sugar-free mayonnaise

  • ¼ c. Greek yogurt
  • 1½ T. honey, preferably local
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • ½ t. salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 large head Bibb lettuce, separated, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 c. red seedless grapes, cut in half

  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped small
  • ½ c. walnuts, roughly chopped

  • Optional: 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. 
  2. Assemble the salad by lining four chilled salad plates with the Bibb lettuce leaves. Top with the apples, grapes, walnuts, and goat cheese, if using.
  3. Drizzle with some of the dressing and serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy! 

Notes

Granny Smith apples are crisp, but somewhat tart. If desired, substitute any crisp, sweet variety instead. (One red and one green apple would make for a nice presentation).  

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 403mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 4gSugar: 34gProtein: 7g

Nutrient values are only estimates provided by online calculators. Various factors can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.

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