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Where's Waldorf Salad

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 0 min | Total: 15 mins | Servings:4


Where's Waldorf Salad
Where's Waldorf Salad
Where's Waldorf Salad
Chances are good that you've heard of a Waldorf Salad, but chances are also likely good that you've avoided them since changing your dietary habits, due to the high concentration of fruit. Let's take a look at this situation!

A Swiss fella named Oscar came up with the recipe at the Waldorf Hotel in New York, somewhere in the mid 1890's. This means it's about 120 years old and a true American classic! Oscar wasn't a chef, though. He was a maître d' and later the maître d'hôtel of the Waldorf Hotel, when it opened in 1893. There are some the believe Oscar contributed his idea to the opening festivities of the Waldorf (later the Waldorf-Astoria) in 1893, but ... no clear proof has survived the ages. In 1896, Oscar wrote a cookbook simply called "The Cook Book", containing the famed Waldorf Salad. The entirety of that recipe was, "Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise."

(On a personal note, it's interesting to see how much the concept of a recipe has evolved in 120 years!)

Over the course of a century, plus ... the salad has changed shape, ingredients and flavors, sometimes containing meats and poultry, other times with or out without fruits, or with the addition of other fruits. Nuts are a common addition, as are some spices, such as cayenne or paprika. The dressing is also not always mayonnaise, often taking the form of something more akin to a coleslaw dressing, or even just a simple yoghurt. If there is anything that has stayed true to the recipe, through most every iteration I've seen ... it's the apple and celery.

Because of the high concentration of sugar in apples, I've reduced the apples and added chilled and cubed chicken, to add both bulk and protein ... for a full meal, perfect for a sack lunch! I've also added a few quartered purple grapes, for some color contrast and a bit more sweet. Finally, I've added some sweetener to the mayo, in order to bring back some of the sweet sensation which has been lost by the reduction of fruits. Finally, I've maintained the walnut, for both taste, as well as nice crunchy texture. Finally, the whole thing is plopped onto a few lettuce leaves, because apparently this is a common way to go. A sweet, crunchy and thoroughly filling salad. A perfect way to experience lunch on alternate Tuesdays!

Note: I typically use the chicken from a chilled roasted chicken purchased at the supermarket for this recipe.

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 1/2 lb (681g)  chilled cooked chicken meat, diced1628.4893.38186.760000
1 medium (166g)  apple (like golden delicious), cored and diced7700212019
1/2 cup (76g)  seedless red grapes, quartered520013.5.5013
2 each (101g)  celery ribs, diced16013201
3/4 cup (170g)  mayonnaise (recipe)1125.84125.
1 tbsp (15g)  'Swerve' or other sugar replacement (Buy Now) 000150150
1/4 tsp (.5g)  cayenne pepper (optional)
4 leaves (108g)  iceberg lettuce15013.331.3302
1/2 cup (50g)  walnut pieces, toasted32732.57.573.503.5
salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 4 Servings):3244.13251.12g199.98g64.48g9.61g15g39.87g
Per Serving:811.0362.78g50g16.12g2.4g3.75g9.97g *


  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the chicken, celery, apple, grapes, mayonnaise, sweetener, optional cayenne and a bit of salt and pepper. Combine until well mixed.
  2. In 4 plates or bowl, place 4 each large lettuce leaves, or just a bed of lettuce. Place one quarter of the salad on each portion of lettuce.
  3. Top with the toasted walnuts and serve!

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So good! I sautéed my bite size cubed chicken in butter and garlic ginger seasoning. I also added some halved heirloom cherry tomatoes. Would be great to add small shrimp and cubed avocado. Also add almonds or pistachios. This is a keeper! 

 Chris Stephan  4/23/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 4/28/2015
YAY! I'm glad you like it! :)

 The numbers cannot be accurate. Typo?

 Connie Reiter  1/12/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 3/11/2015
The numbers are there to present total transparency. If the calories are too high, then focus on where the calories are coming from and cut back on that particular ingredient. Also, just make a smaller portion. These recipes are little more than ideas, but you can tweak them to suit your own needs. I never look at a recipe as an absolute, so much as a guide ... I hope this helps! :)
---Reply posted by Cassandra DeBaets on 3/10/2015
Looks like one hefty salad! That's a lil over half my calorie goal for a whole day XD Buuuut I could deal :D
---Reply posted by DJ on 1/12/2015
Hi Connie, it's always possible. I'm just one guy and have been known to make a mistake or two. I do my best, but errors do slip through, sad to say. Which numbers are you specifically worried about? I can double check!