Turkey Waldorf Salad

The Waldorf salad has been a favorite American dish since the turn of the 20th Century, but the original mayonnaise-smothered recipe was in need of a makeover to fit into a healthier modern diet. We created this refreshingly lean version made with crunchy apples, celery, walnuts, sweet grapes, and turkey breast. Ours is lightened by blending yogurt with a touch of mayonnaise to make a creamy sauce that stays true to the flavor of the original. The result is a salad you’ll want to eat again and again.

This is a perfect way to use leftover turkey or chicken. Serve on lettuce, or use the whole lettuce leaves to make lettuce cups.

Turkey Waldorf Salad
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Turkey Waldorf Salad

We created this refreshingly lean version of the Waldorf Salad with crunchy apples, celery, walnuts sweet grapes, and turkey breast. Get the recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey waldorf salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings, about 1¼ cups each
Calories 295 kcal
Author Kirsten Morningstar


  • ½ cup low-fat (1%) plain yogurt
  • 4 tsp. olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • cups shredded roasted turkey breast approximately 12 oz.
  • 2 medium celery stalks sliced
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 8 Bibb lettuce leaves or Boston lettuce leaves


  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  2. Combine turkey, celery, apple, walnuts, and grapes in a medium serving bowl; mix well.

  3. Add yogurt mixture; toss gently to blend.

  4. Serve on top of lettuce.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Waldorf Salad
Amount Per Serving (1.25 cup)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 30g 60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Kirsten Morningstar