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Waldorf Salad

It all began at the Waldorf. Both the salad and my marriage (Hubby and I visited the lobby the night we got engaged). Never knew my favorite salad was actually invented there. Really. Ever since it was first created in the 1890s, we’ve been calling this mix of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, dressed in mayo, a “Waldorf Salad.” It’s usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer, or even as a light meal in itself. In honor of Chanukah, I added blue cheese, one of my faves (and it goes with the blue in my holiday color scheme). To save time, I am making a simple creamy balsamic vinaigrette; but if you want a more authentic version, combine equal parts yogurt and mayo with parsley, honey, lemon juice, and zest, and salt ‘n’ pepper to taste.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Ready Time : 10 min




  • 2 heads butter lettuce, torn into pieces
  • 1 gala apple, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


In a large bowl, combine lettuce, apple, grapes, cheese, celery, and walnuts.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar, and salt until smooth and creamy.

Drizzle salad with dressing, and toss to coat. Any remaining dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Garnish with pepper just before serving.

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




8 Responses to Waldorf Salad

  1. This sounds like a great salad and I’ve been craving something just like this. I like the addition of the butter lettuce. I’m not sure I’ve seen a waldorf salad that included this…. Definitely on my lunch menu for tomorrow. Thanks

  2. avatar says: leslief

    I have made the orginal Waldorf salad recipe as a regular part of my Passover salad menus. It goes well with cold chicken during the weekdays or right on the Seder table along side some of the heavier main courses (roast,turkey, brisket). In fact I make many lighter cold salads to accompany heavier fare.

  3. We had this salad for lunch last Sabbath and what a hit it was. My husband has loathed salad with fruit and nuts in it but I’ve been slowly sneaking them in. This salad did the trick – now he loves the combination and wants to have this salad again. Delicious recipe! Thanks

  4. avatar says: Lauren

    Was the perfect compliment to our seder. Thanks for sharing!

    • so happy you enJOYed the recipe. thanks for coming back and letting us know!

  5. avatar says: chani

    Is it ok to subsitute blue cheese with feta cheese?

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