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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!

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!
waldorf salad on plate of lettuce

It’s time for another round of fun traditional recipes reinvented in my series called Historically Hungry! 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.

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.

overhead view of waldorf salad in grey bowl with serving spoon

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!

waldorf salad in serving bowl and on plate with lettuce

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

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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!
4.96 from 22 votes
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Course: Kid Friendly Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Jenni


  • 1 honeycrisp apple
  • 1 cup grapes quartered
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chicken breast optional


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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 129mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  4. Kim @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says:

    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!

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

  8. TaraTeaspoon says:

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

  9. Anne Lawton says:

    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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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