Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

Chicken Salads

Waldorf Chicken Salad is a hearty fruit and nut salad with chopped chicken in a delicious creamy dressing that will be a hit for potluck parties!

We enjoy healthy salads, especially during the summer season. They are usually easy-to-prepare and are quite delicious. For a complete meal, pair it with Keto Black Chicken, Oven Baked Tilapia, or Roasted Mahi Mahi.

Easy Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad is a healthy appetizer that can easily stand as a light meal. Fresh grapes, apples, nuts, and celery make this dish very refreshing to eat especially during summer.

My friend served this as an appetizer at her party. I was going to get a second serving when I realized that the salad is completely gone in a matter of minutes. Apparently, the dish is so good that everyone in the room loved it.

Aside from being healthy, it is very simple and easy to make. For this version, we used chopped walnuts and pecans to achieve that extra crunch. Also, we used boiled chicken breasts, but you can definitely use grilled or roasted chicken if you prefer. Just remember to always pick fresh ingredients for the best taste and results!

What is Waldorf Chicken Salad?

This dish has its roots in New York City. It is a classic salad mix of fresh fruits and celery. To complete it, chicken and nuts are coated with a creamy dressing made of mayonnaise.

Also, this is usually served with fresh, crispy lettuce. Many prefer to use green grapes and green apples to achieve an all-green presentation.

How do you make Waldorf Chicken Salad?

  1. First, prepare the dressing. Simply whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Next, prepare the apples. To prevent them from turning brown, add diced apples immediately into a separate bowl and coat them with lemon juice.
  3. Then, chop the cooked chicken, and combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dressing and mix well.
  4. Put this in the fridge for 2 hours to chill.
  5. Lastly, add walnuts and pecans for garnish. Serve with fresh lettuce.

Can you make it in advance?

Yes! We recommend preparing the grapes and apples one day ahead to let the flavor blend well. Coat them with mayonnaise mix and store in an air-tight container before putting them in the fridge. Best to store it for up to 2 days. 

What dressing do you use for Waldorf Chicken Salad?

This salad is served in a dressing made of mixed mayonnaise, sugar, and lemon juice. Others like to add a bit of salt and pepper into the mix. The amount of dressing should be enough to coat all the ingredients in the salad.

Dressing Variation:

Many are looking for a lighter dressing for health reasons. We recommend using yogurt and honey as alternatives to mayonnaise and sugar.

To prepare this dressing, combine yogurt with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. In addition, feel free to add a bit of honey to add some sweetness to the dressing. Mix well.

How do you serve Waldorf Chicken Salad?

This dish traditionally comes on a bed of fresh lettuce. It will also go well with your favorite greens like arugula or kale. Serve it chilled and do not forget to add more nuts as top garnish. Also, it goes well as a side dish. Some of our favorite ways to pair it is with Grilled Chicken, Salmon, and Grilled Pork Chops

Can you make it with rotisserie chicken?

Absolutely! If you have leftover rotisserie chicken from the previous night’s dinner, go ahead and use this instead. Just lessen the amount of salt you put in the dressing mix to avoid making it too salty.

How do you store it?

Like most salads, it is recommended to keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge. You may store it for a maximum of 2-3 days.

How long can it sit out?

Ideally, it is best eaten chilled. However, it can sit out for up to 2 hours at room temperature. Do not eat it if you notice a foul odor coming from the salad.

more healthy salad recipes:

  1. Cabbage Salad
  2. Caprese salad
  3. Big mac salad
  4. Avocado corn salad
  5. Crack Corn salad

Recipe Tips

  • Consider adding dried fruits like raisins, cherries, and prunes for a more flavorful fruity salad.
  • Also, it is okay to replace chicken with turkey, or even ham. You may also add thinly sliced red onions into the mix.
  • Serve this as a sandwich using sliced baguettes. Remember to spread mayonnaise on the bread before filling it up with the salad mix.
  • In addition, we love eating this dish scooped between a healthy, whole grain bread.
  • For a spicier kick, add some sliced jalapeno to it. 
  • Any types of nuts work well here, so feel free to add or swap your favorite types, such as almonds or pistachios.
Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Waldorf Chicken Salad is a hearty fruit and nut salad with chopped chicken in a delicious creamy dressing that will be a hit for potluck parties!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 676kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 3 cups cooked chicken (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 green apple (cored and chopped into cubes)
  • 2 red delicious apples (cored and chopped into cubes)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 cup walnuts (or pecans - roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup green grapes (cut in half)
  • 1 cup red or blue grapes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • 2/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1/4 cup whole walnuts (or pecans)


  • In a small bowl, stir together all the dressing ingredients. Set aside.
  • Add chopped apples to a large bowl, add the lemon juice and mix to coat, to prevent them from browning.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, add the Dressing mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with a few whole pecans or walnuts.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 12.6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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Chicken salad is one of my favorites. I don't think I've ever had waldorf chicken salad before though. I'm always looking for ways to switch up my salads, so I'll have to check this one out.


Dawn Nieves

I love a good chicken salad and this looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it


Stefani Tolson

This salad looks delicious! I normally buy chicken salad like this that is pre-made in the deli at the grocery store but I want to try yours next!


Celebrate Woman Today

I love this salad as an additional dish for my parties. It really goes well with kids, too.


Annemarie LeBlanc

This Waldorf chicken salad looks so delicious and easy to make. I may have to get some ingredients I need tomorrow and I will make this soon as I have everything.



This is one of my favorite dishes for sure. I can't wait to try your version of this recipe!


Donna Lynch

I put a bit of a spin on this recipe. Instead of rotisserie chicken pick up a whole SMOKED chicken (or more) instead from your favorite BBQ place. Then my recipe dressing is similar but I always use craisins and walnuts along with the celery and apples. Enjoy! (Since I buy at least 2-3 smoked chickens at one time of course I adjust the other ingredients accordingly.


yum sounds so good


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