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Classic 1920’s Waldorf Salad Recipe

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This new take on a classic 1920’s waldorf salad recipe is an easy and delicious recipe that can be made into a side dish or a filling main with just a few adjustments. This creamy, crunchy salad is a “must have” in your recipe collection!


Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe


Historically Hungry – Old Recipes Made New

It’s time for another round of fun traditional recipes reinvented! This month Amy and I thought it would be so fun to dive into the 1920’s and do fun salads of the times! Amy made this awesome Caesar Salad you see below. To read her post and get her recipe, click here.  To see what other Historical Recipes we have done, click here! 


homemade Caesar salad dressing


What did people in the 1920’s eat?

Ah, the Roaring Twenties. Flapper dresses, speak easies, snazzy suits, and jazz.

But, uh… besides gin made in a bathtub, what did people actually eat during this time?

Well, to answer that we also have to think about two important things that happened during this time – prohibition and suffrage.

Also, WW1 was over, and people no longer had to scrimp, save, and conserve food – so people were willing to indulge more now. Most American kitchens now had electricity, and therefore freezers, so frozen dinners started to become popular. Sandwiches, lunch meats, finger foods, ! Sweet, cold salads were all the rage in the 20’s.


Easy Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe

I wanted to make a classic Waldorf Salad – its a lovely and fun lunch. I also love how its one of those recipes where everyone thinks it should be made differently. As ingredients go in and out of “vogue”, its recipe evolves. In fact, even the man who is credited with creating the recipe never kept it the same and each book he published had a different set of ingredients.

Originally it was only made with apples, celery and mayo.

Then walnuts were added.

There is even a big controversy about whether or not you should add chicken!


Classic 1920's Salad Recipe


How to Make this Waldorf Salad Recipe:

I decided to update the recipe a little bit from the classic version to make it a little healthier and give it a little more modern. I swapped out the mayo for plain greek yogurt, used a combination of purple and golden raisins (because I could), and definitely added chopped walnuts in addition to the crisp apple and celery!

With a little salt, pepper and a sprinkling of paprika, this easy salad is ready to enjoy!

You can either leave the chicken out for a fun side dish or add in some chopped grilled chicken for a perfect light meal served with toast, over a bed of lettuce, or in a wrap.


Ingredients for Waldorf Salad



Yield: 4 Servings

Classic 1920's Waldorf Salad

Classic 1920's Waldorf Salad

This easy 1920's based Waldorf Salad is an easy and delicious side dish or light lunch. With just a few ingredients and easy prep, this crunchy and creamy salad is a classic!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 honeycrisp apple
  • 1 cup grapes, quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chicken breast, optional


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 199 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 129mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 16g


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    March 29, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    True story: I have never even tasted, let alone tried to make a waldorf salad. And I don’t know why! I love all of the ingredients involved. I must right this wrong ASAP!

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    March 29, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    I never realized that a Waldorf salad originated in the 1920’s…interesting. I’m a big fan of the ingredients in one but have never actually made one. Think I’ll put that on my to do list.

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    March 29, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    This looks really delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe! I love this salad at potlucks!

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    Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
    March 29, 2018 at 10:30 PM

    This salad is a classic! I don’t think we’ve ever made it and not sure why not. All the ingredients are tasty. I think it would be a hit with my husband and son! Yours looks so tasty and easy to prepare!! Saving this one for later.

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    March 30, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    You know I don’t think I’ve ever had a Waldorf salad. I’m shaking my head now because I love all kinds of salads and that looks awesome! Sincerely, that looks awesome and I’m going to make it this weekend.

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    April 1, 2018 at 1:20 AM

    I have never even heard of Waldorf salad, so I have no idea if it is classic or not. But it sure looks good!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    April 1, 2018 at 1:45 AM

    I love a good recipe revamp! Waldorf is such a classic salad, and yours looks so delicious. I’m looking forward to seeing which historical recipes you’ll tackle next!

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    April 1, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    This looks like the perfect waldorf salad! I need to make this for lunch!

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    April 1, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    I haven’t had a waldorf salad in what seems like years ! Your recipe looks delicious, it’s such a unique party food.

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    Anne Lawton
    April 1, 2018 at 7:21 PM

    I love Waldorf salad and also love that you used yogurt in place of mayo. I could eat this as a main course for dinner.

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    April 2, 2018 at 2:08 AM

    Oh I love this salad! It reminds me of my mom, she would always make this to take to gatherings or parties, it was one of her favorites too!

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    Amy Nash
    April 2, 2018 at 6:37 AM

    I always love reading your historically hungry posts. They just make me so happy and you always include the best information! This salad looks so wonderful and I’m going to have to make it for lunch this week while my girls are on spring break!

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    April 5, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Great salad idea! This is something I’m going to have to try making, I love the ingredients!

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