Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 3 reviews

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.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

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 best taste and results!

What is Waldorf Chicken Salad?

This dish has its roots from 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.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

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 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 into the dressing. Mix well.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

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 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.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

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.

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Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins





Nutrition information

Calories: 676 Carbohydrates: 52 Protein: 29 Fat: 40 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 96 Sodium: 335 Potassium: 736 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 30 Vitamin A: 205 Vitamin C: 12.6 Calcium: 62 Iron: 2.5
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Amy Desrosiers

I love all kinds of chicken salad! This is one of my favorites to make when the weather warms up outside.


Melissa Chapman

The salad looks like a real hit and it has so many things I love that I don't usually put in my salads. I know this could be a great dish to bring to a potluck party.


robin rue

I have never had a waldorf salad before, but it sounds good. I have to make myself one.


Lisa Joy Thompson

Chicken salad is one of my favorites. I try to buy a rotisserie chicken each week and shred up the chicken for chicken salad or for any pasta dishes I add chicken to.



I've never made a walforf salad at home before so I should try yours! Looks delicious.



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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