Modern Waldorf Salad

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Introducing our Family’s Festive Waldorf Salad! A classic holiday favorite with a modern twist that’s easy to make and sure to delight.

For the salad, we’ve swapped the traditional base for crisp romaine lettuce and added a delightful crunch with walnut pumpkin seed brittle. The dressing is a lighter, yogurt-based blend, complemented by the tangy burst of pomegranate and dried cranberries.

We’ve taken the classic Waldorf ingredients and given them a healthy, vegan update—perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any holiday gathering! Your family will love this contemporary twist on a timeless dish.

Here’s a simple and enjoyable recipe to add to your menu this year.

Modern Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 6


  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes halved
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 large honeycrisp or granny smith apple diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup pomegranate arils
  • Walnut pumpkin seed brittle see recipe below

**Walnut Pumpkin Seed Brittle:**

  • 1 cup raw unsalted walnut pieces
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


  • cup olive oil
  • cup plain yogurt or vegan yogurt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 275˚F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine walnuts and pumpkin seeds. In a separate bowl, mix maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour over nuts and toss well. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake on the lowest oven rack for about 35 minutes, rotating halfway. Once cooled, break into bite-sized pieces.
  • While the brittle cools, whisk together dressing ingredients and prepare salad ingredients.
  • Toss together all salad ingredients. Add dressing just before serving and toss well to coat. Top with brittle.


*We recommend using a sweet, tart apple like honeycrisp or granny smith.*

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