This healthy chicken Waldorf salad uses grilled chicken and a light dressing that blends mayo with Greek yogurt! Great for sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Wow! It’s been a minute since I shared a salad recipe. While I tend to eat salads all year, I have to say my salad cravings definitely subside a bit in the winter months. Now that spring is here and summer feels like it’s right around the corner, I can’t wait to get back on the salad train.

Bowl of chicken waldorf salad made with chunks of grilled chicken, chopped apple, celery, onion, herbs, walnuts and a creamy dressing.

Protein salads, like this chicken Waldorf salad are perfect for meal prep and work great as a filling for wraps, sandwiches or even as a salad topping.

It’s made with a few simple ingredients (many that you likely already have at home!) and comes together in no time at all.

Bowl with the ingredients for a chicken waldorf salad before being mixed-- chopped grilled chicken, red onion, celery, walnuts and apples.

Here’s What You Need:

Most Waldorf chicken salads include grapes, but I decided to omit them to keep the sugar content a bit lower for this salad. If you’re a grape lover, you can totally add grapes in! Maybe start with 1/4 cup chopped grapes and use a bit less apple chunks.

  • grilled chicken
  • celery
  • red onion
  • apple
  • walnuts
  • mayonnaise
  • yogurt
  • dijon mustard
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt and black pepper

Seasoned chicken being grilled in a grill stove pan.

How to Grill Chicken for This Salad

The key to making sure this salad has a lot of flavor is seasoning and grilling your chicken. You don’t have to use any special seasoning. Salt and pepper do the trick. That said, if you want to amp up the flavor you can use my recipe for grilled apple cider vinegar chicken!

And for the grilling, you can use an outdoor grill or a grill pan for indoor grilling.

For 2 cups of grilled chicken you’ll want to season 2 chicken breasts liberally with salt and pepper. Prepare grill for high-heat cooking or spray a grill pan with cooking spray (I like avocado oil spray) and heat it over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken on the grill rack directly over heat for 6-10 minutes, turning once after 4-5 minutes. Or cook it in the grill pan for about 7-10 minutes, turning once. Chicken is done cooking when it’s white throughout and has an internal temp of 160°F. Remove chicken breasts from heat. Once cool enough to handle, you can chop it up for the salad.

Bowl of creamy grilled chicken waldorf salad made with apples, walnuts, celery and onion.

How to Serve Chicken Waldorf Salad

My favorite thing about this salad is how many different ways you can serve it!

  • Eat as is – it’s definitely a complete meal on it’s own.
  • Over a bed of greens – I am a volume eater so I love starting with a base of greens and topping it with this salad.
  • Lettuce cups – scoop into a lettuce leaf for a crunchy and fresh wrap. Romaine, butter or iceberg lettuce works great for this.
  • In a wrap – scoop into a whole grain wrap and add some greens for a little extra crunch and you have a satisfying wrap!
  • On toast/as a sandwich – I love this as both an open faced sandwich on toasted bread or as more of a traditional chicken salad sandwich.
  • With crackers or tortilla chips – if you want to serve this salad as a dip with crackers or chips, I recommend dicing the chicken into smaller chunks.

Rectangle glass container filled with grilled chicken waldorf salad.

More Chicken Salad Recipes You Might Enjoy:

If you try this chicken Waldorf salad please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Bowl of chicken waldorf salad made with chunks of grilled chicken, chopped apple, celery, onion, herbs, walnuts and a creamy dressing.

Chicken Waldorf Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This healthy chicken Waldorf salad uses grilled chicken and a light dressing that blends mayo with Greek yogurt! Great for sandwiches, wraps and salads.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped grilled chicken breast
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts (toasted, if you’d like)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grill chicken (see notes in post above) and let cool, if you haven’t already. Chop into chunks and measure.
  2. Add chicken, diced apple, celery, onion and walnuts in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and mustard until combined.
  3. Add dressing to the bowl with the chicken mixture and toss until everything is well combined. Top with fresh thyme, if using.
  4. Serve salad as is, in a wrap, sandwich or as a topping for salad.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chicken waldorf salad

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    17 comments
    1. Katie
      June 16, 2020 AT 12:35 pm

      Yum! Super easy to make and perfect for summer!

    2. Jen
      June 15, 2020 AT 1:41 pm

      This is a delicious salad. I made it with grilled apple cider vinegar chicken breasts. This was very good by itself and also in a wrap with mixed greens.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2020 AT 5:47 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this salad, Jen!! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Natalie
      May 2, 2020 AT 7:54 am

      The salad is absolutely a must to try! I didn’t use mayo, because I usually do not have it at home, just tried more yougurt and mustard – and the taste is still amazing. The thyme idea is great (I never tried it in the salads and it turned out nice). Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2020 AT 4:42 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad, Natalie. Thanks for sharing the substitutions you made and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it!

    4. Elona
      May 1, 2020 AT 5:38 am

      Tried this one today! It was sooo good, thank you for the recipe. I also added romaine lettuce just for more crunch and this salad is already one of my favorites!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2020 AT 5:03 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Elona. Thanks so much for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    5. Cori Isabelle
      April 30, 2020 AT 8:16 pm

      Hey Brittany! I would love to make this recipe! I’m currently breastfeeding and my daughter has a milk protein allergy so I can’t have Greek yogurt. I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for a substitute in this recipe?!

      P.s I love your baked oatmeal muffin cups. I add brewers yeast and extra ground flax seed to give them some extra milk-making power, haha

      1. Jacque Crawford
        May 3, 2020 AT 12:25 pm

        Great Informative Recipe. I like it. I’ll try to make this at home.
        SwadeAdday

      2. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:57 pm

        Hey Cori – You could use all mayo instead of the Greek yogurt! Let me know if you try it and how the salad turns out for you. And yay! I’m so glad you’re loving the baked oatmeal cups. Good idea to add brewers yeast to them! Have you tried my lactation cookies or lactation bites yet? Those are great options to help with supply too. 🙂

    6. Melissa
      April 28, 2020 AT 11:15 am

      I really love all the ingredients in this and especially that you grilled the chicken; I think i gives the overall dish a much more appealing flavor.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 29, 2020 AT 12:27 am

        Yes, I love the grilled chicken in this salad recipe. It’s so delicious! 🙂

    7. Deb
      April 28, 2020 AT 10:26 am

      Made this last night for a light supper. It was the best chicken salad I have had. The addition of apples is everything.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 29, 2020 AT 12:27 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Deb!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    8. Abigail Wenderson
      April 28, 2020 AT 4:04 am

      Hey Brittany,
      This turned out amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Loved making it 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 29, 2020 AT 12:23 am

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Abigail. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    9. Ghulam Mohyudin
      April 27, 2020 AT 12:24 pm

      It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

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