Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad

One of my favorite salads for Christmas is the Waldorf Salad. A search on the web directed me to The Kitchen Project website with a write-up on the The History of Waldorf Salad. It says here that the salad was created at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1896 by the maître d’hôtel, Oscar Tschirky. The salad was an instant success. I can’t remember when was the first time I tasted Waldorf salad but it was certainly an instant success with me. I have always associated this sweet, crunchy salad with Christmas, perhaps because of the colors.

A few years back, I chance upon this wonderful cookbook by Janet Ballantyne called Joy of Gardening Cookbook. This classic vegetable cookbook has more than 350 step-by-step color photographs on the recipes presented. This is an older cookbook and I am not even sure if it is still in print. If you love vegetables, it is definitely worth your while to check out this book. She has a recipe in here for Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad. The addition of sweet potatoes is just delightful. The sweet potatoes not only give the salad a contrast of textures but also a lovely color.

This recipe was adapted from Janet Ballantyne’s Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad. I have also added some dried cranberries to give it a pop of color. Instead of serving it on a bed of lettuce, I chose to serve it on a bed of baby greens. I hope you will give this salad a try.

Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (½ inch cubes) from 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups cubed apples from 2 large apples
  • ½ cup diced celery from 1 stick of celery
  • ½ cup (80g) raisins
  • ½ cup (70g) dried cranberries
  • ½ cup (50g) walnuts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, salad dressing, or vegenaise
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 oz (140g) fresh baby greens
  1. Steam sweet potatoes until just tender, about 6 to 7 minutes. Do not overcook as you want the sweet potato pieces to hold its shape. Plunge into cold water. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, toss apples and lemon juice. Add celery, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, and sweet potatoes. Sprinkle nutmeg over fruits and vegetables. Add mayonnaise and toss to coat.
  3. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
  4. To serve, place baby greens on a plate. Spoon salad onto baby greens.

Look at that pink sky at dawn. 5 to 8 inches of snow is expected today and tomorrow…..brrrr!

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    Another one of your gorgeous colorful salad. I would welcome this salad, any time of the year!

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  3. says

    What a great salad I will have to try! It sounds like a perfect Waldorf salad, love it! I will be looking around, it has been hectic here with Thanksgiving and company, etc. so there is a lot of posts to catch up on. Thanks for this recipe!

    It’s cold here too and expecting up to 6″ snow. We have the salt can out and ready and snow blower too. Time to move South!!!!!

    Have a great weekend, Biren and stay warm!

  4. says

    This is such a beautiful salad, Biren. It’s actually the first time I have seen or heard of this salad. Great idea to add cranberries for some colour. I’ll bet the cranberries added great taste as well.

    Ooh, beautiful picture of that pink sky. When my bedroom is all lit up by the colour of the pink sky, I know I’ll have some shoveling to do tomorrow. Hope you don’t get too much snow.

  5. says

    I also love the Waldorf Salad – jazzing it up with a sweet potato adds nutrition,color and heft – a grand idea. That lovely sky picture was my sky yesterday also. 7 inches! A good day to stay home and cook!

  6. says

    The up close picture of the salad is so pretty, Biren, and I associate Waldorf salad with winter and Christmas too! Your version with sweet potatoes sounds extra healthful and delicious:)

  7. says

    This salad is opulent and worthy of a special occasion. The mayo you use is my favorite brand to buy … at our house we love the grapeseed mayo. Thanks for sharing, oh and the dried cranberries I can’t wait to try in this best of salads. LA.

  8. says

    Biren – This is definitely my type of salad! Love sweet potatoes, nuts, apples, and dried fruits in a salad. I am with you that it looks very festive and seem so appropriate for holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  9. says

    I LOVE this creative use of sweet potatoes! I have been sharing with my Facebook community, a healthy lunch idea ever since we have reached 2013.

    I am going to share this link with them today! This is such a great idea! I cannot wait to try it!

    • Biren says

      Thanks Kristen for visiting and commenting! I am glad to hear you like this recipe. I am delighted you have to chosen to share it with your Facebook fans. Thank you! :)


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