The Waldorf salad is said to have been created by Oscar Tschirky, a maitre d’hotel of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The hotel opened in 1893, and the recipe appeared in his comprehensive cookbook, The Cook Book by Oscar of the Waldorf (1896). The salad was simply made with apples, celery, and mayonnaise, and it quickly became a favorite in other hotel restaurants. Walnuts were included in George Rector’s recipe in The Rector Cookbook (1928). Walnuts became a standard ingredient after that. The recipe in The Waldorf Astoria Cookbook (1981) also includes walnuts. This is a classic Waldorf salad recipe with lightly sweetened apples and walnuts, brought together with a creamy mayonnaise and whipped cream dressing. Choose this delicious salad for a Thanksgiving meal or any special dinner. We like dried cranberries in the salad because they add texture and extra flavor. Waldorf Salad is a favorite around here, particularly in the fall when apples and walnuts are in season. It’s especially popular around the holidays, gracing many a Thanksgiving and holiday spread.