Waldorf Salad

Our updated version of a classic 1960s Waldorf Salad includes dried cranberries and freshly grated orange zest for added flavor, toasted pecans and a lightened version of the original mayo dressing.

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This is a modernized version of a traditional Waldorf Salad recipe flavored with fresh orange zest, dried cranberries and toasted pecans.


  • 4 medium (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lbs.) Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • Zest of 1 orange (2 to 3 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup celery (3 to 4 stalks), sliced
  • 1 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Green leaf or romaine lettuce


  1. Whisk the lemon juice, mayonnaise, yogurt and orange zest together in a large mixing bowl. Add the apples and quickly toss to coat to prevent browning.
  2. Add the grapes, celery, pecan halves and dried cranberries. Season with a pinch of salt and a little black pepper, then toss to combine.
  3. To serve, line a bowl with lettuce leaves and spoon in the salad.