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Chef John's Waldorf Salad

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"A fruit salad has to be pretty darn good to actually get a name, and the venerable Waldorf salad is certainly worthy. Embellish this as you see fit, but I really like it best with just the four ingredients seen here. Things like dried cranberries can add a nice seasonal touch but, for me, the chewy fruit gets in the way of that addictive crunchy/crisp texture."
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20 m servings 547
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Whisk mayonnaise, creme fraiche, lemon juice, tarragon, sugar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne together in a bowl.
  2. Place apples, celery root, grapes, and walnut pieces in a large bowl. Toss with about 1/2 cup of dressing. Add more dressing until salad components are well coated but not swimming in dressing. You might not need all the dressing.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 547 calories; 48.5 30.9 4.5 36 427 Full nutrition

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This is an absolutely delicious salad. I used Envy apples for the time of year and i was outstanding! The celery root is important for texture though it doesn't add much actual flavor. Be ca...

Salad turned out great. I added BBQed chicken breast and I didn't have celery root so I used celery. I only wished that I had chopped everything smaller because I used it to stuff a hollowed ou...

Good! I had pecans instead of walnuts and regular celery (used a ton of that). Yes, it made more dressing than needed in this one salad. Plated bit of cole slaw greens under the waldorf blend, ...

Made it! Loved it! Simple and refreshing.

Tasty with nice additions to the traditional recipe. While the celery root was not objectionable, I think the CRUNCH of celery adds a nicer contrast in a dish that's largely about the contrastin...

Simple and fresh! Tasty combination of flavors and textures.