Chicken Waldorf Salad

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

I’ve been on a roll with chicken salad recipes lately!

I created this tasty Greek yogurt chicken salad, a curry chicken salad and even an almond butter chicken salad.  Now it’s time for a chicken Waldorf salad.

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

Classic Waldorf salad is so tasty, but the one thing it’s missing is protein… that’s where this chicken Waldorf salad comes in.

The grilled chicken adds a ton of protein, making it great as a filling for wraps, sandwiches or even as a salad topping.

And it’s made with just 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 – I prefer grilled chicken for this recipe but you could do shredded chicken or chopped roasted chicken.
  • celery
  • red onion
  • apple – You can use whatever variety of apple you have on hand. I used a sweet Honeycrisp apple for this recipe.
  • walnuts
  • mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt – I like plain, full-fat Greek yogurt for this recipe!
  • 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 Waldorf Salad

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

  • 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.

How to Store Waldorf Chicken Salad

I recommend storing leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Unfortunately chicken salad doesn’t freeze well so if you meal prep this salad plan to eat it within 3-5 days of making!

Rectangle glass container filled with grilled chicken waldorf salad.

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Chicken Waldorf Salad

5 from 10 votes
This healthy chicken Waldorf salad uses grilled chicken and a light dressing that blends mayo with Greek yogurt! Great for sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Bowl of chicken waldorf salad made with chunks of grilled chicken, chopped apple, celery, onion, herbs, walnuts and a creamy dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

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
 

  • Grill chicken: See notes in post above for how to grill the chicken if you haven't done so already. Let cool, chop chicken into chunks and measure out two cups.
  • Mix together: 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.
  • Toss with dressing: Add dressing to the bowl with the chicken mixture and toss until everything is well combined. Top with fresh thyme, if using.
  • Serve: Serve salad as is, in a wrap, sandwich or as a topping for salad.
  • Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Unfortunately chicken salad doesn't freeze well so if you meal prep this salad plan to eat it within 3-5 days of making!

Notes

  • Add grapes: 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 278kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Protein: 29g Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 366mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken waldorf salad

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    19 comments
    1. Mandi
      July 2, 2021 AT 8:04 am

      5 stars
      My husband and I are trying to eat healthier, this Chicken Waldorf Salad is awesome! We will be making this often, thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2021 AT 9:43 am

        I’m so glad you and your husband enjoyed this recipe, Mandi! Thanks so much for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Katie
      June 16, 2020 AT 12:35 pm

      5 stars
      Yum! Super easy to make and perfect for summer!

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

      5 stars
      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. 🙂

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

      5 stars
      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!

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

      5 stars
      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

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