The World’s Best Waldorf Salad & a little history

“Creamy Waldorf Salad” photo source: onegreenplanet

The Word’s Best Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf salad was first created between 1893 and 1896 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which came into being with the merger of the Waldorf with the adjacent Astoria Hotel, opened in 1897).

Oscar Tschirky, who was the Waldorf’s maître d’hôtel and developed or inspired many of its signature dishes, is widely credited with creating the recipe. In 1896, Waldorf Salad appeared in The Cook Book by “Oscar of the Waldorf”; the original recipe did not contain nuts, but they had been added by the time the recipe appeared in The Rector Cook Book in 1928. The salad became popular enough that Cole Porter featured it in his 1934 song “You’re the Top”.

A scrumptious salad, such as this delicious creamy, crisp, crunchy beauty, is a must on your Thanksgiving table; it refreshes the palate and soothes the soul.

The Waldorf, 1893
The Waldorf, 1893


2 medium golden delicious apples, cored and diced (2 cups)

2 medium Honeycrisp or Jazz apples cored and diced (2 cups)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup halved green seedless grapes

1/2 cup halved red seedless grapes

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

1/4 cup raisins, dried cranberries or dried blueberries

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch freshly ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup whipping cream

ground nutmeg


In a large bowl, sprinkle apples with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add celery, grapes, pecans, and dried fruit.


Combine mayonnaise, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp lemon juice. Whip cream with sugar until fairly stiff. Fold whipped cream into the mayonnaise mixture. Mix with the apple mixture. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Chill at least one hour before serving.

A Typical Waldorf Astoria Brunch




15 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this salad Lana! Nice post!

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    1. Oh me too! Thanks, Lynn! Nothing like misspelling in the subject box though! hahaha!

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      1. I didn’t even notice!

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      2. That’s because you are a true friend, Lynn 🙂

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      3. I hope so! I love your blog and it is warm and friendly! I feel like home when I visit! I also feel you are a true friend!! 🙂

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      4. Ditto, my sweet, dear friend ♥


  2. Frances 🌺 says:

    I love hearing the story behind your posts Lana ☺

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    1. Thank you so much, Frances! Somehow knowing a little history behind a dish makes it more inviting 🙂

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      1. Frances 🌺 says:

        I couldn’t agree more! 😊

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  3. Very interesting to know the story! And great salad.

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    1. Thank you, Tanushree! SO looking forward to making it again this year…it’s truly wonderful!


  4. Wow! that’s so yum , Lana! I love this salad! Thanks for sharing ..Great to know about the history too!

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    1. Thank you, Freda! I love a little history too! Honey crisp apples work the very best! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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      1. Wish you the same dear 🙂

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