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.
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.
apple – You can use whatever variety of apple you have on hand. I used a sweet Honeycrisp apple for this recipe.
Greek yogurt – I like plain, full-fat Greek yogurt for this recipe!
sea salt and black pepper
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.
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!
2Tablespoonschopped walnuts, toasted, if you'd like
¼cupplain Greek yogurt
1 ½teaspoonsdijon mustard
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)
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!
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.