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!


Waldorf Salad

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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 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 (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt (I use 0% Greek Yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tsp honey
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt


  • Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
  • Stir the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until combined and pour over the apple mixture.
  • Stir until the fruits and nuts are evenly coated.
  • Serve.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 220mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g
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About the Author

Catherine is a 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. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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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