Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe
Chicken Waldorf Salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Crispy apples, juicy grapes, and crunchy nuts are combined to create the perfect bite!
This classic salad is perfect to serve during the Christmas holidays or potlucks. It is very easy to make, and also very versatile. Serve it as is, or along Thyme Chicken, Grilled Cheese, or Taco Sloppy Joes.
Best Waldorf Salad
Chicken Waldorf Salad is such a timeless salad, that I am always looking forward to making it for holidays. I like using a mix of green and red apples to add some color, also juicy, seedless grapes are added into the mix.
A handful of raisins will add great texture and also a sweet finish, that goes well with the fruit loaded salad. Also, I like to add either pecans or walnuts, and if I make this for Thanksgiving a handful of cranberries are such a good idea.
This classic salad is loaded with lean protein and lots of fruits, covered in a creamy and simple dressing! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures and great to make ahead for lunch. Easy to make and always a success!
What Is Waldorf Salad?
This is a classic salad made from celery, grapes, apples, walnuts, and dressed in mayonnaise. It is traditionally served on a bed of lettuce. The original Waldorf Salad was created in New York by the head chef of the Waldorf hotel in 1896.
Nowadays, it became a very popular dish and is mainly served for holidays, or during summertime.
Chicken Waldorf Salad Mix-Ins Options:
- Crispy apples
- Walnuts or pecans
- Red or green seedless grapes
- Grilled chicken breast, boiled chicken breast or rotisserie chicken
How to make Chicken Waldorf Salad?
Please note, you can make it with chicken or skip it, and make it the classic way. Also, to save time, use leftover cooked chicken, or even rotisserie. To make it, simply:
- Prep the fruit and veggies, and add the chicken. Gently combine in a bowl.
- Then, mix dressing ingredients. Also, feel free to use yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
- Chill and enjoy it.
How to store it?
Leftovers of this salad is great, I am always looking to have some on hand. Also, I like to pack it for lunch the next day and make chicken salad sandwiches on buttery croissants.
The combo is so tasty, you absolutely have to try it. For a lighter alternative, you can serve this salad on top of iceberg lettuce, or even fill the lettuce leaves with it for a quick lunch or snack.
More Easy Party Salads:
- Ranch Bacon Pea Salad – oh boy, if you love bacon, you should try this one!
- Crunchy Coleslaw Pasta Salad – the perfect potluck dish!
- Brussels Sprout Salad – great to enjoy with meats during the holidays.
- Cranberry Apple Salad – refreshing and delicious!
- As stated above, feel free to skip the meat if desired. This way, you will have a vegetarian Waldorf Salad.
- Also, you can make it with other meats or proteins, such as ham, shrimp, tofu, etc.
- You can also substitute the fruits and veggies, and use what you like.
- If served during summertime, or bringing it to a picnic or potluck, I would recommend to refrigerate it prior to serving.
Chicken Waldorf Salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Crispy apples, juicy grapes and crunchy nuts are combined to create the perfect bite!
- 2 cups cooked chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 green apple cored and chopped into cubes
- 2 red delicious apples cored and chopped into cubes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 celery stalk diced
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans roughly chopped
- 1 cup green or red seedless grapes cut in half
- 1/2 cup raisins or cranberries
- 2/3 cups mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup whole walnuts or pecans
- lettuce leaves
In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sugar and squeeze of lemon. Set aside.
Add chopped apples to a large bowl or large zip-top bag, add the lemon juice and mix/shake to coat, to prevent them from browning.
You can use grilled, boiled or rotisserie chicken.
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl, add the mayonnaise mixture and stir well to combine.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.
Garnish with a few whole pecans or walnuts right before serving.
Serve as is or over lettuce leaves.
Jenny | Honey and Birch
I always like to include Waldorf salads on brunch menus – always a crowd pleaser!
One of my favorite salads ever!!
Waldorf salad is one of my favorites! This one looks excellent!
carrie @ frugal foodie mama
Such a classic recipe! And yes- this would be perfect for the holidays. 🙂
jenn peas and crayons
I love that there’s a vegetarian option too! Great salad!
Renee - Kudos
I’ve not had a Waldorf salad in a very long time. Now I’m craving one! Looks so good!!
This is a great salad! I need to make it this weekend!
Yesss. Waldorf Salad is my absolute most favorite thing on this planet! Nothing beats is.
Yes please!! This is one of my all time favorite salads!! I love how it plays on the sweet and savory element.
A vegetarian option is great for my friends and family members who are vegetarian. It looks so delicious!
This looks so amazing!! Now I’m hungry. But I totally am making this this weekend!
I’d really like to make this for lunch one day. It sounds great and should be easy enough to whip up.
I can just imagine the taste and flavor of this Waldorf salad! It looks so delicious!
It looks sooo good!I can’t wait to make it for Christmas lunch!
This looks so good. I don’t think I’ve had this in years. I’m excited to try it out!
This recipe would be perfect to make on a warm spring day. Looking forward to trying it.
This looks so delicious. I’ve always wanted to try this recipe and I have some pecans in the freezer I need to use up. Thanks for sharing.
My mom used to make a vegetarian version, but I never liked it because of the mayonnaise. I think I will love it with yogurt instead.
One of my favorite salads! I love the crunch in every bite.
Wow! This salad looks both pretty and yummy. I would love to make this sometime. Thanks for sharing.
I am a fan of salads. Waldorf is one of my favorites especially when mixed with chicken rotisserie. Thanks for sharing this quick recipe!
This sounds so delicious! I can imagine how crunchy the apples and walnuts are..!