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 cranberries, apples, and grapes in a sweet yogurt dressing.What 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.

A serving of Cranberry waldorf salad in a small side bowl

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 in a serving dish topped with fresh cranberries

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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apple Waldorf salad with cranberries and yogurt for Waldorf salad dressing
5 from 3 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine American
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 1/2 cups chopped cranberries
  • 2/3 cup seedless green grapes chopped
  • 2/3 cup seedless purple grapes chopped
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sugar or to taste
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

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  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss to combine well.
  2. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 153, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 33mg, Potassium: 270mg, Carbohydrates: 26g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 110%, Vitamin C: 6%, Calcium: 72%, Iron: 0.6%

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

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  1. A big hit a a potluck Christmas luncheon! Crisp, fresh tasting. I also put chopped walnuts in a light sugar/water syrup and roasted them a few minutes. Sprinkled them over the top. Nice crunch!

    i recommend Tillamook, or any other custardy type vanilla yogurt. The reason is because the 1st time I made it, I used a different brand, and by the time I went to serve it, the juices from the fruit and the less thick style yogurt made it kind of weepy. Another option would be to not put all the yogurt in till after your refrigeration time. Then add it if you need it.

  2. Soooooo good! I doubled it, left out the raisins (but used the dried cranberries), and used 1/2 vanilla & 1/2 lemon yogurt. Even the kid loved it! Definitely making again.

  3. In my area fresh cranberries are seasonal and I just noticed them for the first time this Autumn in my last week’s grocery circular.

    I’m looking forward to adding this to my Thanksgiving menu. Sounds delicious.

  4. I’ve made Waldorf salad every Thanksgiving but use several apples, celery & grapes with miracle whip. Never used yogurt or cranberries. I’m hesitant to use fresh cranberries as they are usually cooked to make soft & would be hard instead, but I will try it.

  5. Cannot Find fresh cranberries anywhere where I live… any suggestions what else might work? That’s with the Waldorf salaf

  6. when this recipe says 1.5 cups choppedcranberries, does this mean frozen cranberries? Ive never seen fresh in my grocery store. thanks!

    1. Most grocery stores sell bags of fresh cranberries in the produce section. If you don’t see them, maybe double check with the produce manager.

    1. This one was great overnight! If you are making it overnight, start with the apple and you might like to add a small spoonful of lemon juice.

  7. Hi Holly
    This looks like a great alternative to a regular green salad. I’m thinking of using pomegranate instead of the fresh cranberries. We have several vegans…any ideas what I can use instead of mayo and yogurt?

    1. The pomegranate would be so yummy! Unfortunately since I’m not vegan I’m not sure what options are available. You might ask at a health food store if they have any suggestions (or ask your vegan friends/family members what they would suggest).

      1. Cranberries are very tart. I’m concerned people will pick them out due to being very tart. How do you overcome that challance?

  8. oh my goodness this looks so absolutely fantastic! Wow! Super yummy! Love your pictures and I just love everything cranberry! I can’t wait to make this!

  9. Love this recipe! I just bought 2 bags of fresh cranberries today. I thing I’ll try your recipe with some leftover turkey!

  10. Cranberry and apple are such a great combination together. I love how you have lightened up a classic by using yoghurt instead of heavy mayo.

  11. This looks absolutely delightful!

    Thank you so much for posting.

    I love the INFUSED Cranraisins for recipes like this and may make that adjustment for the raisins and dried cranberries!