This Easy Deconstructed Waldorf Salad is a lighter version of the good old-fashioned Waldorf Salad. It’s an easy recipe and is absolutely delicious!
I think that making your own salad is the best way to keep it healthy. This salad is perfect as a side dish or for any special occasion.
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What I Learned
- This salad is named after the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where it was first served at a charity ball honoring the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in 1896.
- It’s nicknamed as Oscar of the Waldorf after Waldorf Hotel’s original executive chef at the time, Oscar Tschirky. Tschirky created the original recipe and it became a hit. To read more about its history, click here.
- Some people spell it as Waldorph Salad but the correct spelling is Waldorf.
- Traditionally, Waldorf salads are tossed in a generous amount of rich mayo-based dressing. This lighter version uses a combination of sugar-free mayonnaise and Greek yogurt for the dressing, which is then drizzled sparingly on top before serving.
- For best results, prepare the dressing in advance to give the flavors time to develop.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: n/a
Salad Dressing Ingredients
- ¼ Cup mayonnaise (sugar-free)
- ¼ c. Greek yogurt
- 1½ T. Honey, preferably local
- 1 T. Fresh lemon juice
- ½ t. Garlic powder
- ½ t. Sea salt or kosher salt
Easy Deconstructed Waldorf Salad Ingredients
- 1 Large head Bibb lettuce, separated, rinsed, and patted dry
- 2 Medium Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced*
- 1 c. Red grapes (seedless), cut in half
- 2 Large stalks celery, chopped small
- ½ c. Walnuts, roughly chopped
- Optional: 2 oz. Goat cheese, crumbled
*Tip: Granny Smith apples are crisp, but somewhat tart. Substitute any crisp of sweet variety, if desired. (One red and one green apple would make for a fun twist and nice presentation).
How To Make Deconstructed Waldorf Salad
Step #1. Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Step #2. Assemble the salad by lining four chilled salad plates or a large bowl with the Bibb lettuce leaves. Toss apples, red seedless grapes, walnuts, and goat cheese, if using.
Step #3. Drizzle with some of the creamy dressing and serve immediately with remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!
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