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Waldorf Salad | The Perfect Side Salad

Waldorf salad is a perfect side salad for any meal or try adding it as a lunchbox side.

Where’s the walnuts?

According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf salad was created in New York City in 1893, by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria. The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Chopped walnuts were added later to this now classic salad.

For our take on Waldorf salad, we’ve dropped the walnuts to go nut-free and opted for the crisp taste of delicious granny smith apples. We’ve also slipped in some extra vegies to pack our Waldorf salad recipe with more goodness for your family!


  • 3 cups lettuce leaf, roughly chopped and washed
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaf, washed
  • 3 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 avocado, de-seeded and cubed
  • 1 medium cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup crimson grapes


  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons low fat Greek yoghurt


  1. In a large salad bowl toss together lettuce, spinach, celery, apple, avocado, cucumber and grapes.
  2. In a small bowl, squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon, add olive oil and yoghurt and whisk together with a fork.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss together.
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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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