Finding a holiday side dish that everyone loves isn't always easy. Since the holidays normally require a lot of cooking, I try to come up with recipes that don't take up additional oven space, but are still easy to make, look festive and will be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

Traditional Waldorf Salad gets its signature sweet and crunch from the array of fruits, nuts and celery in it, but my recipe is a lot more healthy than a lot of the ones you’ll find that usually include large amounts of mayonnaise. This version has the lightest dressing that coats everything and is sure to be gobbled up by your crowd!

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Waldorf Salad (Makes 4 Servings)

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Celery, chopped (about 2 stalks)
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Grapes, halved or quartered depending on size
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt (I use 0% Greek Yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tsp honey
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Preparation

1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until combined and pour over the apple mixture.
3. Stir until the fruits and nuts are evenly coated.
4. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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18 comments

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    I love Waldorf salad! Thanks for this lighter version.

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  • Lisa

    Looks lovely but I loathe celery. I don't think it would be the same without.

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  • Jennifer

    I love Waldorf Salad! I have a recipe that calls for adding peanut butter (extra yummy), but this is a great low calorie option. What do you recommend for vegan family and friends? Just the fruit salad I guess?

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    • Catherine

      Have you tried Vegannaise? Amazing substitute for mayo!

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  • Retro Sweets

    I was very successful with the asparagus sticks I stumbled upon a couple of days ago. Now I will not surely miss making this one great salad! Awesome recipe!

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  • Alison Hospitality Haven

    Delicious!! I like the no-cooking option. :)

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  • Morgan {The818}

    I'm making this right now!!!

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  • Ariana

    I jsut made this for tomorrow. Left out the celery cause neither my husband nor I are big fans.
    It turned out great! Best I've ever had!!

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  • Elizabeth

    After a week of so much heavy holiday food, this was a great break for dinner last night! I used Nayonaise instead of traditional mayo, and I made a little extra dressing and added about 1 1/2 cups of cooked cubed chicken breast--it made for a great one dish meal with a little bread on the side!

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  • Amber

    I made this Christmas morning and it was absolutely delicious!

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  • Angela

    I made this without the mayo and it was still very delicious. One of my favorites!

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  • Mary

    How long will this stay fresh?

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    • Catherine

      I would say 2-3 Days max :)

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  • Lisa

    We like to wrap this up in a tortilla with romaine lettuce for anyone who needs an idea of how to use up leftovers. It's delicious and it gives the kids something else to pack in their lunchbox that's has no nuts. Cheers!

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  • Lisa

    OOPS, except we leave out the walnuts when we're packing in lunchbox because of the no nut policy at my children's school.

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  • Rebeccca

    I don't have orange juice. Is there anything I can sub in for that?

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