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Cranberry Waldorf Salad

Cranberry Waldorf Salad
10 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
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Yield: 8 servings

This colorful salad could become a new Thanksgiving tradition, but don't save it for once a year -- it's a great complement to roast pork, too. For a delicious fruit salad, omit the mayonnaise.

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  • 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 medium tart green apples
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup purple seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (optional)


Wash and pick over the cranberries. Drain well. Coarsely chop cranberries in food mill or processor. Stir sugar into berries, cover, and chill for 4 hours. Place cranberries in sieve and allow to drain well (this takes 1 to 2 hours). When cranberries are drained, core and chop apples, but do not peel. Combine apples, celery, grapes, walnuts, and mayonnaise. Gently fold in cranberries.
Updated Monday, March 24th, 2003

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8 Responses to Cranberry Waldorf Salad

  1. Anonymous December 30, 2004 at 12:38 pm #

    My family really enjoyed it.

  2. Anonymous February 3, 2005 at 11:57 am #

    It was very tasty. The small amount of mayonnaise gave it just enough background without drowning the flavors of the ingredients.

  3. Anonymous November 21, 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    This is an old Thankgiving favorite. This recipe is what I remember most about my childhood Thanksgiving when my grandma was still with us. I remember it because I would watch her make it and eat the leftover grapes and apples the night before.

  4. Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 9:21 pm #

    I loved this salad. The cranberries add a special flavor to a standerd recipe. I also added 1/4 cup of orange juice to the cranberry and sugar mixture, then let it drain in the colander. The flavor was really good.

  5. Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 8:53 pm #

    Prepared this salad on Thanksgiving Day with our turkey. The whole family loved it. What a great change from the traditional cranberry jelly.

  6. Anonymous April 27, 2007 at 9:58 am #

    A new way to make Waldorf salad. Yummy!

  7. Anonymous November 6, 2007 at 1:57 pm #

    I have now made this salad 3 times. It is the greatest Waldorf ever. I do add the mayo. LOVE IT and so does my wife.

  8. Anonymous November 12, 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    I loved this salad !! I made it to see if I would want to make it for Thanksgiving. I will make it for sure. I didn’t have tart apples, I used red delicious. I don’t see how it could be any better, but will try the tart later. I added a few more walnuts and grapes also. Yummy.

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