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Smoked Salmon Waldorf Salad

salmon waldorf salad

Waldorf salad is a classic dish created in the famous hotel in New York in the end of the 19th century and had numerous versions since. For me the salad basics are an inspiration. I took the basics of this salad which are celery, apples and walnuts and gave them an updated twist that turns this into a fun light salad which can double as a proper meal. I like to use crispy salnova lettuce on the bottom and top it with apples, celery, grapes, pomegranate seeds and warm smoked salmon flakes, in a mayo- orange date honey dressing.

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  • 4-6 ServingsServings


  • 4 Pink Lady or Granny Smith apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups of black, seedless grapes, halved lengthwise
  • 6 celery stalks (choose light and inner stalks) chopped
  • ½ cup dried cherries/cranberries/raisins
  • 4 tablespoons finally chopped parsley

Orange Yogurt Dressing

  • 1 container Greek yogurt (130 grams - 4.5 oz)
  • 4 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon date honey
  • Freshly ground coarse salt and black pepper

For Serving

  • 14- 18 ounces (400-500 grams) of warm smoked salmon fillets, dissected to pieces
  • 2 heads of Salnova lettuce
  • Pomegranate seeds from half a medium size pomegranate
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped roasted walnuts


Core the apples, cut in half and slice into thin slices. Place in a large bowl and drizzle well with the lemon juice, so that all the apples are covered.

Add grape halves, celery, cherries and chopped parsley, mix well.

Prepare dressing: in a bowl mix well all the dressing ingredients, season with fresh ground salt and pepper.

Mix half the dressing onto the apple mixture. Before serving, place lettuce leaves on a large serving plate or distribute to individual plates. Place apple mixture on top. Place salmon pieces on top, pomegranate seeds and walnuts and drizzle the rest of the dressing.