Waldorf Salad Recipe


Waldorf Salad with coconut.


Waldorf Salad Recipe is an old fashioned salad made with apples, apple juice, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, pecans, and coconut.

The original recipe was created by Oscar Tschirky, dinning room manager at Waldorf Hotel, in New York City about 1893.


His version contained only celery, apples, and mayonnaise. (recipe below)

My first cookbook with this famous recipe listed walnuts and french dressing. 


I did not like the the salad.

Then I found a Waldorf Salad Recipe that contained grapes and lemon juice.


Instead of walnuts and grapes, I used pecans and raisins.

Years later, I ate the perfect Waldorf Salad in a local cafeteria.

The chef refused to share his recipe.

So. I took a dogie bag of salad home with me and started my usual tasting analysis to duplicate the dish.

Here is the secret to the perfect recipe.

Use fresh grapes!


Grapes are juicier, not as sweet as raisins, and full flavored.


They will also enhance your coconut flavor, best.


Waldorf Salad  Recipe


  • 4 cups fresh unpeeled red apples, cored and cubed (about 3-4 large apples)

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons apple juice

  • 1/3 cup celery, cubed (about 1 stalk)

  • 1 cup fresh seedless grapes (can substitute 1/3 cup light or dark raisins)

  • 1/3 cup broken pecans (can substitute walnuts)

  • flaked coconut*

  • lettuce or spinach leaves

In a 2 qt. (or larger) mixing bowl, mix the mayonnaise and apple juice until it is smooth with no remaining lumps.

Add apples and stir to coat well.

Fold in celery, grapes, and nuts.

Mix well.

Chill in the refrigerator a few hours for best flavor.

When ready to serve, place a lettuce leaf or a few fresh spinach leaves on salad bowl or plate.

Heap apple mixture in center of your salad greens and sprinkle generously with.


This excellent salad pairs well with turkey or chicken entrees!



*If possible, use fresh grated coconut, for an ultimate dinning experience!

Waldorf Salad Tip


Add apples to mayonnaise and apple juice mixture as you cut them up, to help prevent them from turning dark.


Original Waldorf Salad Recipe

Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half and inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise.
---The Cookbook by "Oscar" of the Waldorf, Oscar Tschirky [Saafield Publishing Company:Chicago] 1908 , copyright 1896 (p. 433)


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