Waldorf Brown Rice Salad

This upgraded version of a classic Waldorf Salad has brown rice, crisp apples, raisins and walnuts all tossed in a creamy dressing.

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Waldorf Brown Rice Salad

Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins (+ 15 minutes cooling time)


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 2 medium Golden Delicious or Cortland apples
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • spring salad greens (optional)


  • This colorful Waldorf Brown Rice Salad, made with whole grain Success® Brown Rice, crisp apples, celery, nuts and sweet raisins is tossed with a creamy dressing and served over crispy salad greens.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool completely.

    Step 2

  • Wash, core and dice apples. Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. Add rice, celery, raisins and walnuts and toss to combine. Whisk together yogurt and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Fold into rice mixture.

    Step 3

  • Serve salad over greens, if using.

Sophistication in Minutes

This famous fruit and nut salad, named after a signature dish created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, is a delicious and fresh combination of colors and textures. Our version gives the classic an upgrade by adding in whole grain brown rice which gives a nutty flavor and boost of nutrients to this sophisticated dish.

This salad is so versatile that you can serve it as a cool side salad alongside an Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole Bake. Or, make this dish for a snack or appetizer. You can even serve this Waldorf Brown Rice Salad as a main dish by adding in some shredded rotisserie chicken. The hearty rice grains and protein-packed chicken alongside fruit and veggies make this a well-balanced dish perfect for any occasion.  If you are looking for a seafood option for dinner tonight make shrimp fried rice.

How to Assemble

It will take about as much time to read the ingredients list as it will to put this salad together. We do recommend that you prepare your brown rice ahead of time and let it cool before adding it in to make sure that the salad is nice and refreshing and not warm.

Once your ingredients are ready, toss your chopped apples with lemon juice. The lemon will help prevent the apples from browning. This is important to make sure your salad looks as good as it tastes! Next, add in the cooled brown rice, celery, nuts and raisins. Coat that mixture in the yogurt and mayo blend and, you’re done!

Feel free to use sliced grapes instead of raisins in this dish. Also, you can use any type of nut you have on hand, such as almonds or pecans, if you don’t have walnuts.

To plate, place a bed of lettuce greens on a plate and spoon your salad into the middle for a show-stopping presentation.