How to make New York's famous Waldorf Astoria salad

The hotel’s culinary masterminds explain how to create the 1893-born salad
The Waldorf Salad.
The Waldorf Salad.

In 1893 during a charity ball for the St Mary’s Hospital for Children, Waldorf Astoria in New York created what would later become one of its most iconic dishes: The Waldorf Salad. More than a century later and the salad is still being created, with few tweaks made to the original recipe.

You can find the recipe below:


• One medium ripe apple

• One stalk celery, chopped

• A quarter cup mayonnaise

• Salt and pepper

• Two cups lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces


Peel apple and cut into halves. Remove core and slice halves a quarter-inch thick. Reserve four slices. Cut remaining slices into thin strips.

In a medium bowl, mix celery, mayonnaise and apple strips; season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on lettuce and top with apple slices.


Later versions of the salad commonly added chopped walnuts. If you'd like, toss a quarter cup of them in with the celery and apple.

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