Super Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad

Chicken Waldorf Salad
Image via Kelly Pugliano

One of my favorite lunch items is chicken salad and the other is Waldorf salad. What happens when you combine the two together to make Chicken Waldorf Salad? Something amazing! There are more varieties of chicken salad than one could ever wrap their head around, but when you add sweet apples, tart lemon, and a slight hint of toasted walnut, what is not to love?

Waldorf salad is an American classic created at the New York City Waldorf Hotel in the 1800’s. It combines apples, celery, mayonnaise, grapes, and sometimes raisins. The original recipe did not include walnuts, but I am glad they became an addition for they add great flavor.

I wanted to try making a lighter version of this salad and opted to use Greek yogurt and chose to omit the mayo altogether. With the tang of yogurt, mixed with lemon and honey the dressing is really creamy and quite tasty. The recipe below has the herb tarragon, which if you have never used it before gives a very slight licorice flavor. If you are not a fan of this, by all means you can substitute fresh mint or chives. 

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Adding shredded chicken basically creates a fancy chicken salad – one that explodes with wonderful, fulfilling flavor. You won’t even miss the mayo!  I served this on top of baby kale, which added a nice peppery finish to every bite. You could substitute arugula or baby spinach for the kale.

Chicken Waldorf Salad

Dressing:

1 (5.3 oz) container plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

½ tsp lemon zest

1 tsp honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

½  Tbsp. fresh tarragon, minced

Kosher salt & pepper to taste

Salad:

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie is great)

1 medium Gala apple, cored and chopped

1 cup green grapes, halved

¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 cup baby kale

toasted walnuts in pan
Image via Kelly Pugliano

To make dressing:

In small bowl, combine all ingredients with whisk and set aside. 

To make salad:

In fry pan, over medium heat, toast walnuts until slightly brown and fragrant (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.

Chop apple and halve grapes. Place fruit and nuts into a bowl. Add chicken. Top with dressing and gently mix.

Place kale on plate and top with salad mixture. 

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This makes a great sandwich also! Place on favorite bread and enjoy!

What's your favorite salad?

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Super Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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1 comment

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    A recipe nice to try 🙂

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