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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Chicken Waldorf Salad


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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  1. 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!

    • 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

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

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