Honeycrisp Apple Salad Recipe

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Fresh and easy Honeycrisp apple salad recipe that can be made in a just a few minutes. The perfect side dish for any lunch or dinner!

small blue plate with apple salad

I’m sharing this Honeycrisp apple salad recipe today in honor of my mom. When my mom was cooking for our family of six, she made this quite a bit, and it was always a treat. As some of you may remember, my mom was diagnosed with dementia in 2009, and passed away in 2016. When she first began showing signs of her illness, my dad began to spend time in the kitchen with her, and she taught him how to make some of their favorite dishes.

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Over the years, he has simplified many of the recipes to make things easier, as is the case with this apple salad. This Honeycrisp apple salad is actually my dad’s version, and it has such a fresh taste. I tend to make more apple recipes in the fall, but not this one. This apple salad is delicious any time of the year!

apple salad in bowl with dressing

Which apples are best for salads?

Any kind of apples can be used…just use what you have on hand, or your favorite. Some other good choices in addition to Honeycrisp are Gala, Granny Smith apples, Golden Delicious, or Fuji apples. It’s also delicious to use a mix of different types of apples.

Ingredient Notes + Variations

  • In my family, the celery and walnuts are not optional! Other good add-ins are raisins, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, feta cheese, or other types of nuts such as sliced almonds, pecans, or lightly salted peanuts.
  • Miracle Whip or regular mayonnaise can be substituted for the light mayonnaise, however the taste of the salad will change accordingly.
  • My mom always added sugar to the mayonnaise because it adds a bit of sweetness. If you prefer to leave it out, the salad will still be delicious. One of my readers left a comment and said that she reduced the amount of sugar to 2 teaspoons, and the salad was still delicious. So that’s an option too!
  • To turn this apple salad into a main course, add chunks of chicken or turkey.
bowl of honeycrisp apple salad

How to Make

  • Place the chopped apples, celery and walnuts in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, stir or whisk the light mayonnaise and sugar until smooth.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over apples/celery/walnuts and toss until well combined.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


  • It’s a personal decision whether or not to peel the apples before adding them to the salad. I love the skin, and it adds great color and texture to the dish.
  • This honeycrisp apple salad is best served immediately after the refrigeration time. It won’t keep overnight, so make sure to eat it all!
  • Don’t skip the refrigeration time before serving. It’s necessary for the flavors to meld together.
  • To make this apple salad ahead, chop the ingredients and lightly drizzle the apples with lemon juice. Keep the ingredients separate in the refrigerator. You can do this several hours in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not exactly the same, but very similar.

The original Waldorf salad was first served in 1893 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was made from just three ingredients: apples, celery, and mayonnaise.

The original Waldoft salad dressing was made from one ingredient: mayonnaise.


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apple salad with walnuts

Making this Honeycrisp apple salad recipe brings back such good memories, and it always reminds me of times gone by. For a few years after my mom passed away, I could only think of her as she was when she was ill. I wasn’t capable of remembering back before that. Those days are gone, and now I remember my mom as she really was. Fun, loving, caring, and one of the best cooks ever!

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Honeycrisp Apple Salad Recipe

Fresh and easy Honeycrisp apple salad recipe that can be made in a just a few minutes. The perfect side dish for any lunch or dinner!
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4.63 from 51 votes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 2 large apples (washed and diced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar


  • Place the chopped apples, celery and walnuts in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, stir or whisk the light mayonnaise and sugar until smooth.
  • Pour mayonnaise mixture over apples/celery/walnuts and toss until well combined.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


This recipe can easily be doubled!


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Very good. Followed recipe except I lowered sugar to 2 teaspoons. I was using sweet honeycrisp apples and figured I could add more sugar if needed. It was perfect. Will be great for summer luncheon.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Tastes like what my grandma used to make.

  3. Rebecca M says:

    5 stars
    I’ll definitely be trying this!❤️

  4. 5 stars
    I l made this for dinner last night, and my husband and I loved it. It was delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    A delightful chopped salad. L Thank you! I used Opal apples. Loved it on a croissant!

  6. Deb McClujg says:

    Why would you need sugar with the apples, aren’t they sweet enough?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      My mom always added sugar, so that’s what we do too. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer!

  7. stevie webber says:

    love this recipe and i use it often but i add raisins and little marsh mellows in mine.

  8. Candi Reeder says:

    5 stars
    Loved it. It reminded me of the apple salad we used to make together. We only have one mama in this life an anything that brings back a fond memory of her, deserves 5 stars. The salad was delicious, but the memories were priceless. Thank you and God Bless.

  9. 5 stars
    So easy…love this recipe.

  10. Jan Cochran says:

    I make this salad for dessert often and add pecans and raisins,if you like raisins. Also will add maraschino cherries and /or grapes.instead of mayo we like cool whip to hold it together. Yummy.

  11. 5 stars
    Great recipe Ann. I like your Dad’s version. As your other readers commented my mom made this recipe and we called it Waldorf salad. It’s easy to make and refreshingly delicious.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all and to our sweet moms!

  12. 5 stars
    My mom and grandmother made this salad often. We called it Waldorf Salad (named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC, where it originated over 100 years ago). I’ve tweaked it to use vanilla yogurt and cinnamon instead of the mayo. It is delish. Thanks for bringing it to mind!

  13. Mary Evans says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. It is always a fresh addition to any meal. Crisp and fresh apples make this salad. I uses the Fugi apples but will try the pink crisp apples next. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Cynthia Willis says:

    5 stars
    I’m with you, Ann, this is a delicious salad- a favorite that my mom prepared often, too. For a main dish salad, I often add a large can of water packed tuna that has been drained. My husband really appreciates this version. Have you tried the Envy apples? I found some at Aldi’s and we love them as much as the Honeycrisp variety. You always share wonderful hints, thank you.

  15. 5 stars
    This recipe is a family favorite. Makes a quick and easy side dish year round. We also like it with cubes of cheddar cheese added in. I think I’ll make it for our Mother’s Day brunch.

  16. My Mom would make this every Thanksgiving. She called it Waldorf Salad 🤷‍♀️. I’m with you on it being great anytime of the year!

  17. 5 stars
    Oh I love this salad! Thanks so much for the reminder ! I’m making today! Thanks again for all you do for us!

  18. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    5 stars
    I forget about apple salad and love it! That and carrot salad are so refreshing. My memories of those salads are when we went to Morrison’s on Sunday after church:) Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  19. 5 stars
    I make my Waldorf salad the same way but no sugar. Delicious recipe.

  20. 5 stars
    My mother had the same recipe! It was always so good and thanks for sharing it with us all, brought back sweet memories of helping my mother in the kitchen.

  21. Thanks for reminding me of this wonderful salad! Sometimes we add chopped pineapple and mini marshmallows and don’t add sugar. Amazing how good this is considering that I would never dream of slicing an apple and slathering mayo on it, but the combo works in this salad!

  22. Pat Major says:

    5 stars
    Very good! Quick & easy.

  23. Ann Drake says:

    Thank you for commenting…the weather here in the Midwest has truly been beautiful the past week or so. Hope you try the apple salad sometime!

  24. Ann Drake says:

    Thanks for following! You know…I think you are right about chicken-less chicken salad! I bet adding chicken to this would be amazing. Especially rotisserie chicken. Thanks for the idea and comment!

  25. Ann Drake says:

    Your comment brought tears to my eyes…thank you so much. It’s funny how a simple apple salad recipe can bring back so many good memories…but it does!

  26. Ann Drake says:

    Oh pecans would be fabulous…I may have to try that the next time…thank you so much!

  27. Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    Hello. You make me hungry. LOL.
    Looks so yummy. Crisp, fresh and Good!

  28. This salad looks great!!


  29. Sharon @ The Blue Willow House says:

    I grew up loving and eating this salad. We user pecans sometimes and do not add sugar.

  30. debbiedoos says:

    Ann this looks so good. So very good. Thanks for sharing, I will have to give it a try.

  31. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    YUMMY, Ann! Aren’t family recipes the very best! Thanks for sharing this beautiful apple salad! Pinning!

  32. Big kudos to your dad! Salad looks delicious! ;)


  34. Deanna Lynn says:

    Beautiful place setting, love the dishes as well as a great looking recipe !