Dressings & Marinades,  Salads & Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

Waldorf Salad {with Honey-Cardamom Dressing}

Waldorf Salad with Honey Cardamom Dressing

One by one I’m recreating classic salad recipes to share on Lemony Thyme.  It’s been quite fun bringing life to favorites like the Lunch Counter Chef Salad, the Classic Cobb Salad and now this delicious Waldorf Salad {with Honey-Cardamom Dressing}.

The Waldorf Salad is lovely served for luncheons, showers, and other special celebrations; such as a retirement party at the office for one very special lady.  Yes, you could serve this salad for just such an occasion.

Retirement Collage

I stayed fairly true to the original Waldorf Salad recipe that dates back to the late 1800’s when it was first served at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.  I did however give the mayonnaise based dressing a little flavor love by adding honey and cardamom.  There’s a reason some salads achieve ‘classic’ status and this is one of them.

Waldorf Salad with Honey Cardamom Dressing

Waldorf Salad {with Honey-Cardamom Dressing}

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10


  • 1 red apple cored and diced
  • 1 granny smith apple cored and diced
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup walnuts

For the dressing…

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbl. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • salt & pepper
  • lettuce to serve


  • Combine mayonnaise, honey and cardamom. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Toss with diced apples, grapes, celery and walnuts.
  • Classically served in lettuce cups.

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