Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Coming up with interesting lunch choices that my husband can bring to work is always a challenge.  For the last few months he didn’t have access to a microwave (thank goodness that recently changed) and understandably was tired of roasted cold chicken on a wrap or bread.  We’ve been trying to get away from eating processed deli meat, so I was constantly on the lookout for new ideas.

I have never really loved chicken salad, especially when it is smothered in heavy mayonnaise.  But we had a great version at a local restaurant that was much lighter and surprisingly good.  So I set out to recreate something similar to make at home.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

I’m happy to say that I actually like this version of chicken salad.  While it still has mayonnaise, there’s much less than other versions, especially as half is replaced with plain greek yogurt.  The apples, grapes and lemon juice give this a summer feel – which I really enjoy.  The nuts and apples also add a bit of crunch.

This chicken salad is a welcome addition to our normal lunch rotations and I have a feeling we’ll continue to make this throughout the summer.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Recipe for waldorf chicken salad. With grapes, apples and shallots this chicken salad is packed with flavor.

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  • 3 large chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • ½ cup red grapes, halved
  • 1 medium red apple, diced
  • 1 rib celery, finely diced
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup light mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined. Transfer to an airtight container. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld before serving.

Adapted from 100 Best Fresh Salads.