Cranberry Waldorf Salad

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Cranberry Waldorf Salad is a welcome addition to any family meal, it is packed with colorful ingredients to make a one of a kind side that can please a crowd!

Fresh tart cranberries, juicy grapes, raisins and crisp fresh apples make this delicious twist on Waldorf salad a new fall favorite!

Cranberry waldorf salad with fresh cranberriesWhat is Waldorf Salad?

Waldorf Salad is a legendary side dish. Created in 1896 by the dining room manager at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Waldorf Salad was an instant success and has been gracing dining room tables around the world since then!

While a traditional Waldorf salad contains apples, celery, grapes and mayonnaise, this recipe has no mayonnaise and few fun additions to lighten it up a little bit and make it festive.

Cranberry waldorf salad with fresh cranberries and a spoon

Apple Waldorf Salad with Yogurt

I absolutely love this apple Waldorf Salad, it has so many flavors and textures, crisp apples, juicy grapes, crunchy celery paired with tart cranberries and sweet yogurt.

Yogurt is used in place of mayonnaise for the Waldorf salad dressing to offset the tartness of the cranberries. Because of the yogurt, my kids are happy to enjoy this dish as a dessert or for breakfast too!

A combination of fresh and dried cranberries along with apples, give this side salad a delicious fall flavor.   I use a long Microplane style zester to zest the orange.  You’ll want to be sure you’re only getting the very outer orange skin and none of the white pith underneath (the pith is bitter).  You can find more info on zesting fruit here.Cranberry waldorf salad with fresh cranberries and zest on top

Waldorf Salad Goes Great with Turkey!

This salad can be enjoyed as a salad year round, and I think it is perfect as a side for a turkey dinner!

The dish is sweet, fresh and crisp, making it a great fruity option for family gatherings. From a Thanksgiving dinner to a potluck picnic, you can’t go wrong serving a batch of this Cranberry Waldorf Salad.

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Review Recipe

Cranberry Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Cranberry Waldorf Salad is a welcome addition to any family meal, it is packed with colorful ingredients to make a one of a kind side that can please a crowd!


  • 1 ½ cups cranberries chopped
  • cup seedless green grapes chopped
  • cup seedless purple grapes chopped
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • cup raisins
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sugar or to taste
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

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  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine well.
  • Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 153, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 33mg, Potassium: 270mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 0.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cranberry waldorf salad
Course Salad
Cuisine American

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