Laura’s Modern Waldorf Salad

Experience a contemporary twist on the classic Waldorf Salad with this modern Waldorf salad recipe. This au currant rendition combines the crispness of apples, the crunch of walnuts, the tanginess of blue cheese, and the sweetness of dates, all brought together by a creamy yogurt dressing for a flavor explosion in every bite.

Where Did the Waldorf Salad Originate?

The Waldorf salad is named after the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Why is It Called a ‘Waldorf Salad’? 

It was at this renowned hotel that the salad was first created and popularized in the late 19th century. The hotel’s maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky, is credited with inventing the salad and including it on the hotel’s menu.

As the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was considered a symbol of luxury and high society, the salad’s association with the prestigious establishment helped to elevate its status and contributed to its widespread recognition and popularity. The Waldorf salad’s name has endured over the years, even as variations and adaptations of the original recipe have emerged.

Does Waldorf Salad Have Lettuce? 

Traditionally, Waldorf salad does not contain lettuce. The classic recipe for Waldorf salad consists of apples, celery, walnuts, and a dressing, typically mayonnaise-based. However, modern Waldorf salad recipes have emerged over time, and some modern Waldorf salad interpretations may include lettuce or mixed greens as an additional component.

Mayo or Yogurt for a Modern Waldorf Salad? 

The choice between mayo or yogurt for Waldorf salad dressing depends on personal preference and dietary considerations. Traditionally, Waldorf salad dressing is made with mayonnaise, which lends a rich and creamy flavor to the salad.

However, in recent years, many people have been opting for healthier alternatives, which is where yogurt comes into play. Yogurt can be used as a lighter and tangier substitute for mayonnaise. In this modern Waldorf salad recipe, Greek yogurt! Greek yogurt, in particular, works well as a replacement due to its thicker consistency and creamy texture, all the while trying to be a healthier option than traditional mayo. This is a modern Waldorf salad after all!


  • 1 Honeycrisp Apple
  • 3-4 small Celery Sticks
  • 6-7 Dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup Walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup Blue Cheese, I used ‘Cashel Blue’
  • ¼ cup Fig Cake, chopped
  • Mint, for garnish

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