Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad {For a Crowd}

This Classic Waldorf Salad is refreshing and tasty. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for a holiday lunch or backyard summer picnic. With a little twist on the classic Waldorf Salad, this recipe adds tangy pineapple and raisins to this sweet and tangy dish.

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad

My mom’s potluck summer classics were always a sweet broccoli salad and a Waldorf salad. 

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Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

You would think, as a kid that I’d be put off by anything with mayonnaise in it. 

But, I absolutely adored my mom’s Waldorf Salad. I would sneak into the fridge to eat all of the leftovers.

How long will apple salad last?

Properly stored, Waldorf apple salad will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator

How did Waldorf Salad get its name?

The original salad was created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The dining room manager created it with mayonnaise, apples, and celery.  It was an instant hit! 

Do I have to use pecan as a nut in this Waldorf Salad?

Absolutely not. Walnuts or peanuts are a great substitute for pecans in this salad

Waldorf salad on lettuce

How Do You Make Waldorf Salad?

The original Waldorf Salad recipe, dating back to the 1800s, only contained apples, and celery, mixed with mayonnaise. Anything that has been added is a twist on this American Classic Recipe. Of course, to make Waldorf Salad a salad, it’s usually served on a bed of lettuce.  Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

We always go without the lettuce and just scoop out the delicious apple salad onto our plates in heaping spoonfuls. This particular recipe has been handed down to me a couple of generations ago and adds a small twist of raisins, pecans, and the tang of pineapple. I hope you enjoy it. 

Here’s a printable for this Waldorf Salad Recipe…

Classic waldorf salad

Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad {For a Crowd}

Waldorf Salad is a delicious side to any potluck or holiday meal.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
refrigeration time: 1 day
Servings: 15 Serves a crowd
Calories: 164cal
Author: Melissa


  • 6 apples – cored and sliced – {If you preferyou can chop them into bite-sized pieces}*No particular variety, but a mixture of Granny Smith Apples, and Royal Gala – is a nice combination
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped pecan bits
  • 1 cup halved seedless grapes
  • 1 pineapple tidbits in the juice – drain but reserve some juice for dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. pineapple juice from canned pineapple


  • In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise and the reserved 1 Tbsp. of pineapple juice
  • Add your apples, celery, raisins, pineapple, grapes, and pecans to the mayonnaise mixture
  • Mix it all together
  • Cover and set in the refrigerator to chill – overnight


Tips and Tricks

  • You’ll want to make this a day ahead. It’s better if left to chill in the refrigerator overnight which gives the dressing time to thicken up
  • the pineapple juice contains citric acid much like lemon juice, it helps prevent the apples from browning plus adds another level of flavor to the dressing

Add-Ins and Substitutions: 

  • pecans can be substituted with another nut like peanuts or walnuts
  • mini-marshmallows are always a delicious add-in to Waldorf salad 
  • using half Miracle-Whip and half Mayonnaise plus sugar to cut through some of the tang is another classic form of dressing for this recipe 


Calories: 164cal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.

Adapted from Calvin Christian School Cookbook

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