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Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad

This easy, all-American salad was first served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC in 1893. Made with apples, celery, grapes, walnuts, and a plant-based mayonnaise dressing, it’s still a favorite light, delicious addition to any meal.

Serves 4 to 6 (makes about 6 cups with lettuce in salad).


2 cored and chopped apples, unpeeled

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved or quartered

1 oz. coarsely chopped walnuts (about ½ cup)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cups chopped/torn butter lettuce, or whole leaves (optional; see Step 2)

¼ to ½ cup plant-based mayonnaise (see recipe below)

  1. Add the apple, celery, grapes, nuts, and lemon juice to a large bowl.
  2. Waldorf salad is served two ways: on top of whole lettuce leaves or with the chopped or torn lettuce mixed in with everything else. If tossing your chopped/torn lettuce with the other ingredients, add them to the bowl. If not, arrange the lettuce leaves on plates or in bowls.
  3. Stir in ¼ to ½ cup of the mayonnaise until all the ingredients in the bowl are coated.
  4. If desired, serve with freshly ground black pepper.
Cathy Fisher
Cathy Fisher

Cathy Fisher has become a featured recipe expert for the NHA and is the creator of, a blog that offers recipes and information on how to eat a health promoting, plant-based (vegan) diet. Cathy’s education and experience are grounded in her work with the McDougall Program (2006-present) and True North Health Center (2010-present), where she regularly teaches cooking classes to in-patient clients. Cathy graduated with her BA in Psychology, going on the earn a credential in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Nutrition Education. Cathy enjoys presenting to groups and giving people the practical skills they need to successfully shift to a healthier diet.

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