Holiday Waldorf Salad

Holiday Waldorf Salad ~ Healthy Salad Recipe #recipe #salad #healthyThis feels like a day for a healthy salad recipe. Vibrant holiday Waldorf Salad will surely hit the spot!

Holiday Waldorf Salad | #recipe #healthy #holidays

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been stuffing my face with peppermint fudge, Christmas cookies, ice cream cake, and apple bread for weeks…

I realize my holiday splurge isn’t over quite yet, but I need a day or two for recovery.

Nothing is more cleansing than a healthy salad recipe, to get your body back on track.

How to make Waldorf Salad | #recipe #healthy #holidays

This festive Holiday Waldorf Salad is a great way to get-your-greens and will put you in the holiday spirit as well.

Waldorf Salad always reminds me of the holidays. Since I was little, I have always thought of it as the jewel of the table at Christmas brunches and parties.

This healthy salad recipe uses just a small amount of light mayonnaise, so you can feel good about serving it at gatherings this season.

Waldorf Salad ~ Healthy Salad Recipe | #recipe #salad #healthy

With crisp sweet apples, crunchy endive, toasty nuts, and deep winter fruit flavors like pomegranate and dried cherries, it offers incredible contrast to all the heavy dishes in your holiday spread.

You can even make it a day ahead to lighten the cooking load before a big event.

Happy Salad Day… and don’t worry, I’ll be back with cookies next week!

More Winter Salads:

Grilled Romaine and Orange Salad

Fennel Salad with Roasted Beets

Gnocchi and Wilted Spinach Salad

Roasted Pumpkin and Wild Rice Salad ~ Farmgirl Gourmet

Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad wit Blue Cheese ~ Two Peas in Their Pod

Beauchamp Orchard Salad ~ Reluctant Entertainer

Holiday Waldorf Salad

Yield: 6

Prep Time:15 minutes

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  • 2 large crisp apples, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 Belgian endive, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 Meyer lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lettuce or cabbage leaves to serve


  1. Place the chopped apple, endive, scallion, cherries, pomegranate arils, and pecans in a large salad bowl. Toss.
  2. Whisk the mayo, 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and thyme in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  4. Serve the waldorf salad in lettuce leaves and garnish with crystallized ginger.
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24 comments on “Holiday Waldorf Salad

  1. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted December 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Such a gorgeous salad and the flavors are simply amazing!

  2. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted December 8, 2012 at 1:42 am Reply

    My-Oh-My ….That looks so refreshing and delightful! Loving this salad, Sommer!

    Have a great weekend <3

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm Reply

    This is such a festive salad, perfect for the holiday season. I love the pom arils!

  4. Nutmeg Nannyposted December 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply

    This salad is so gorgeous! I love the all the color and of course the addition of pomegranate seeds. It’s one of my favorite things about winter!

  5. Nancy Longposted December 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm Reply

    oh wow, this sounds fantastic – will really have to look even harder to find Belgian endive – have been able to find it here

  6. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

    We have been on such a salad kick lately. I love this combo!

  7. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I love the addition of the pomegranate seeds!

  8. Colette @ JFF!posted December 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Fawlty Towers – that’s how I learned about Waldorf Salad.
    Can you believe it?
    “Apples, celery, walnuts, grapes…in a mayonaise sauce!”

    Who can forget the ingredients when they’re shouted?

    Love the pom – very festive, Sommer.

  9. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted December 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply

    This looks fantastic!

  10. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted December 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm Reply

    delicious! great to see a lighter meal that is still delicious!

  11. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted December 7, 2012 at 11:53 am Reply

    Lovely, lovely salad Sommer – Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas! Hope you’re having a lot of family fun!

  12. Angieposted December 7, 2012 at 11:44 am Reply

    I love waldorf salad, this would be perfect for a potluck party!

  13. marlaposted December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am Reply

    Such a festive salad!

  14. Sandy @ REposted December 7, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    Just pinned. Delicious! We are hosting a progressive dinner tomorrow and I am doing the salad! Yummy!

  15. shelly (cookies and cups)posted December 7, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

    Oh this is perfect. PERFECT!

  16. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted December 7, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    This salad looks delish Sommer. Beautiful and I love the addition of endive! Thanks for adding me in your roundup!


  17. Heleneposted December 7, 2012 at 9:06 am Reply

    Beautiful colours, what a delicious salad.

  18. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted December 7, 2012 at 8:58 am Reply

    I’m so obsessed with pomegranates right now… they make every dish pop. This is the kind of dish I’d totally have for lunch. I’m ready to chow down on a big bowl of it!

  19. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted December 7, 2012 at 8:46 am Reply

    I looooooooooooo-uuuu-uu-oooo-u-u-u–VE salads like this. So much that the word love freaks out.

  20. Becky Striepeposted December 7, 2012 at 9:41 am Reply

    Ooh this sounds great! I love the addition of dried cherries.

  21. Juliaposted December 7, 2012 at 8:19 am Reply

    I ate a lot of apple salad as a child. This reminds me of it but even better! I love findings ways to use pomegranate in salads too!

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 7, 2012 at 8:07 am Reply

    Ooooo…look at all the yummy nibbles in that salad! Love it!

  23. Jeanetteposted December 7, 2012 at 7:46 am Reply

    I could use a bowl of this Sommer – love the special touch of crystallized ginger and Meyer lemon. This time of year is tough. Been making cookies for the holiday and have to control myself from eating them as they come out of the oven.

  24. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 7, 2012 at 7:43 am Reply

    I have never been a fan of the original waldorf salad, but I would eat the heck out of this one!