Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing

Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing is a delicious, fresh, and healthy twist on a classic side dish. There’s something about this salad; fresh fruit, creamy dressing, and crunchy candied walnuts that makes this easy recipe a family favorite for every holiday, especially Easter! I love the addition of Poppyseed dressing for some extra zip and creaminess. 

waldorf salad with poppyseed dressing

Get our FREE eBook...
Join our free community and be the first to know about new recipes!
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared.

Classic Waldorf Salad

I’m always a fan of the classics. You can’t beat a time tested, classic recipe. When I’m in the mood for comfort food, I want Classic Pot Roast. If I’m wanting to have a quiet night by the fire, I want Classic Ham and Bean Soup. When coming to your house for Cinco de Mayo, I better get Classic Skinny Margarita. And you better believe if we are spending the holidays together, I’m hoping someone will make a Waldorf Salad.

Actually, I’m hoping they make this spin on a classic, Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing


overhead photo of poppyseed waldorf salad

waldorf salad with poppyseed dressing

Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing

This Poppy Seed Waldorf Salad is loaded with crisp apples, fresh celery, juicy grapes, and crunchy candied walnuts. Although it can be made with plain walnuts or even slightly toasted walnuts, I happen to be OBSESSED with candied walnuts. It adds just the right touch of sweetness to this perfect recipe to add a little bit of magic; making this recipe standout on your Easter table.

This Waldorf Salad Recipe pairs beautifully with other holiday favorites like Honey Baked Ham, Pineapple Pretzel Salad, French Silk Pie, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Your holiday table simple won’t be complete without it! What are you waiting for…let’s get cooking.

how to make waldorf salad with poppyseed dressing - step by step

homemade waldorf salad in bowl

What would a Waldorf Salad be without walnuts. Rich, crunchy, healthy, DELICIOUS! I’m so excited to be partnering with California Walnuts this year, and this favorite holiday side dish is my 3rd of 6 recipes for the year. Did you know just 1 ounce of walnuts is packed with 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 2.5 grams of plant based omega alpha-linolenic acid (Walnuts are the only nut that contain significant amounts of this beneficial nutrient!)

I love their rich flavor and versatility. You can use walnuts as a flour in baking, as an add in to starters like my baked cheese, or eat them on their own. So much love to go around. This is one of the best Waldorf Salad Recipes I have ever tried!

overhead waldorf salad recipe in a bowl

What does a Waldorf Salad have in it?

Traditionally, Waldorf Salad is made from fresh apples, celery, grapes and walnuts, dressed in mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. I’ve swapped the walnuts for candied walnuts and the mayo for greek yogurt and poppyseed dressing. Yum!

Why do they call it a Waldorf Salad?

The maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf-Astoria created this salad back in 1896. It became an instant success. When you taste it, you will be able to see why. It has bright flavors, crisp crunch, and an unforgettable creaminess.

Is Waldorf Salad good for you?

Traditionally this salad contains mayo or heavy cream. That equals heavy on the calories. This version is better for you due to the Greek Yogurt substitutions and you’ll never miss the Mayonnaise. If you can find a healthy poppyseed dressing that you love, you’re in business! The other ingredients are all great for you. Winning!

I hope this Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing makes an appearance on your Easter table and becomes a staple dish for all the holidays for years to come. I know it was an instant winner in our family. If you haven’t already, hop over to see all of our favorite holiday recipes, and especially our Easter Recipes! This Waldorf Salad is a must make for any family holiday, especially Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

I love this creative twist on a classic and can’t wait for you to let me know how your family liked it. I have a feeling it will be the hit of the holidays. It’s also amazing for Summer BBQs…so be sure you make it year round.

See the recipe card below for details on How to Make Waldorf Salad. Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Use the tag #thecookierookie when posting a photo of your recipe, and make sure to follow The Cookie Rookie on Instagram!

Leave a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


regina Page
    Becky Hardin
Frank Lemuel
John Steve
    Becky Hardin
Mike Lapi