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Waldorf Chicken Salad

This fresh and crunchy Waldorf Chicken Salad is a fantastic way to up your chicken salad game. It’s chocked-full with rotisserie chicken, sweet chunks of apple, red grapes, chewy golden raisins, crisp celery and toasted walnuts all beautifully combined with a homemade dressing. Serve it in wraps, on croissants or on a simple bed of lettuce for a spectacular light meal or for busy day snacking.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Easy Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad has many faces and often the direction I go depends on how I’m serving it. This particular variation is fun for warm weather snacking and during apple season when apples of all varieties are in abundance. When planning meals for my boys I can never go wrong making Southern Style Chicken Salad for lunches or serving as an appetizer with crackers. When I’m looking to add a little heat to an occasion, I’m likely to whip-up a batch of Curried Chicken Salad. A seasonal chicken salad with cranberries and almonds is always a hit around the holidays. In this variation, I use toasted walnuts in line with a classic Waldorf salad but, you can certainly use pecans or almonds if it’s your preference. Likewise, you can personalize it using your favorite variety of apples and the end result will be spectacular.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

How to Make the Best Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

So, how is this chicken salad different from traditional Waldorf Salad?  In this fruity variation on traditional chicken salad I chose to use toasted walnuts in keeping with a classic Waldorf salad.  That said, you can certainly use pecans or almonds, if it’s your preference. Likewise, you can personalize it using your favorite variety of apples and the end result will be spectacular.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Waldorf Chicken Salad recipe: 3 cups cooked and chopped chicken, celery ribs, diced apples, red grapes, golden raisins, mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, balsamic vinegar, salt or garlic salt, lemon pepper and toasted and chopped walnuts. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dressing then toss with the remaining ingredients. Chill until serving.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A baking sheet ot toast the walnuts, sharp knife and cutting board, an apple corer, large mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons.
  • This recipe works well with either Granny Smith or Gala apples.
  • You can use rotisserie chicken, poached chicken, roasted chicken or leftover grilled chicken in this recipe. When doing so, consider the seasonings used initially on the chicken and make adjustments as needed.
  • This salad can be made one day in advance and chilled in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftover Waldorf Chicken Salad chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days total. I don’t recommend freezing this salad.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

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Waldorf Chicken Salad

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Waldorf Chicken Salad

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time16 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: waldorf-chicken-salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Melissa


  • 1 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Real Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp white balsamic or cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt or garlic salt
  • 3 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 2 ribs celery with leaves small dice
  • 3 medium apples (i.e. gala or Granny Smith) bite size cubes
  • 1 cup red grape halves
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast or 6-8 minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, vinegar, lemon pepper and salt until combined.
  • Add the walnuts, chicken, celery, apples, grapes and raisins. Toss until coated. 
  • Chill in an airtight container for up to 2 hours. Serve on lettuce leaves.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Such a fantastic salad recipe. Waldorf chicken salad is a classic in our house and shows up on the menu quite often. With all the crunch, sweet and salty flavors, it never disappoints. Not to mention, soooo easy to make.

    1. I completely concur. I’m quite partial to making it into a main dish and can’t get enough of this yummy salad!

    1. Thanks Joanne! The sour cream gives a nice tangy edge to the dressing that balances the sweet in this salad.

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