Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad {For a Crowd} |  Kid Friendly Things To Do

Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad {For a Crowd} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

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. Come on in and I’ll share my recipe for this Delicious Waldorf Salad with you…

Waldorf Salad Recipe

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

Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

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

Waldorf Salad recipe for a crowd

But, I absolutely adored my mom’s Waldorf Salad. 

Classic Waldorf Salad Recipe

I would sneak into the fridge to eat all of the leftovers.

Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

How Do You Make Waldorf Salad?

The original Waldorf Salad recipe, dating back to the 1800s, only contained apples, celery, mixed with mayonnaise. Anything that has been added it 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 from a couple of generations ago and adds a small twist of raisins, pecans and the tang of pineapple. I hope you enjoy it. 

How Long Will Apple Salad Last?

Properly Stored, 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! 

Here’s a printable for this Waldorf Salad Recipe…


Old Fashioned Waldorf Salad {For a Crowd} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Waldorf Salad is a delicious side to any potluck or holiday meal. 

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Cook Time: 24 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves a crowd


  • About 5-6 apples – cored and sliced –  {If you prefer, you 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 of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecan bits
  • 1 cup of halved seedless grapes
  • 1 can of pineapple tidbits in the juice
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. of pineapple juice (from pineapple)


  • In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise and pineapple juice
  • Just add your apples, celery, raisins, pineapple, grapes, and pecans in the mayonnaise mixture 
  • Mix it all together
  • Cover and set in the refrigerator to chill overnight


  • You’ll want to make this a day ahead. It’s better if left to chill in the refrigerator overnight
  • *mini marshmallows are another favorite addition to this recipe

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.

Adapted from Calvin Christian School Cookbook

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