This recipe always seems to appear on our table around Thanksgiving each year, but it can be enjoyed year-round.

My mother loves Waldorf salad — if it really can even be called a salad — but she won’t make it year-round, because my brother, father and I never would eat it.

It is a hit with some of our extended family members, though.

I believe you could argue that my mother likes this salad because it is comfort food for her, since it is something that my grandmother and great-grandmother made.

No lard this time, I promise!

Waldorf salad ingredients

  • 2 large red apples, diced — red delicious apples might be best for a contrast of flavor, by my mother is partial to Granny Smith
  • 1 cup celery, chopped or diced — be sure to strip the strands off the outside of the celery before it is chopped
  • 1/2 cup broken nuts, any variety — this is optional
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits, drained


Combine ingredients and chill.

This salad is best served cold and must be kept refrigerated.

Note: Salad proportions can be varied.

Also, other fruits, such as bananas or maraschino cherries, can be added.