Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Simple, classic, and easy enough for a busy weeknight meal. This elegant salad was first created at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, by Oscar Tschirky, in New York City in the 1890’s. It has since become a chicken salad staple at many restaurants, family picnics and other get-togethers. This is my husband’s favorite chicken salad. Eat it as a salad, in a sandwich or a wrap. It is very versatile. Its also prefect to take to a spring or summer picnic. To make this salad more healthy, replace the mayonnaise with plain greek yogurt.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Recipe

Waldorf Chicken Salad

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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 ribs of celery, diced
1 apple, diced
1 cup grapes, diced
the juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (optional)
1/2-3/4 cup mayonnaise, or plain greek yogurt
kosher salt
olive oil


Salt and pepper chicken. Preheat skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Brown chicken on each side and cook until done.

Combine all other ingredients except mayonnaise in a large bowl. Let chicken cool and chop. Add to salad bowl. Add desired amount of mayonnaise.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  14 Responses to “Waldorf Chicken Salad”

  1. Angie's Recipes — May 2, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    I like waldorf salad too! But I want lots more walnuts in it!
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  2. MaryMoh — May 2, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    This is one of my favourite salads. I love the apples added…sweet and crunchy. I don’t mind eating everyday.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Spicy Salmon On Spinach =-.

  3. Chef Dennis — May 2, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    Beautiful presentation of a classic salad…I’m glad you posted this recipe, so many people have forgotten this classic!
    .-= Chef Dennis´s last blog ..Tabouleh and Moroccan Vegetable Wrap =-.

  4. pegasuslegend — May 2, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    I love this salad make it often love the pepercorn ranch dressing with it… yours is much healthier will try it this way thanks~

  5. An all-time favorite. I seem to always get this at restaurants. Love the Greek yogurt substitution!
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  6. redkathy — May 2, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    Very beautiful and refreshing salad Angie.
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  7. Erica — May 2, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Love this salad… and Used to be my husband favorite, before he became a vegetarian! Yours looks fantastic as usual!

  8. Kristi Rimkus — May 2, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

    I love the use of Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. I’ve saved this one. Terrific pictures too!
    .-= Kristi Rimkus´s last blog ..Colorful Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Topping =-.

  9. lululu — May 2, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    One of my favorite salad! Love the addition of crunchy and sweet apple pieces!
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  10. Juliana — May 3, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    I love this salad…yours looks so refreshing and colorful…great photo 🙂

  11. Tickled Red — May 3, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    I am not usually a fan of chicken salad ( I know how unsouthern of me) but yours looks amazing and worth trying 🙂
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Sun, Surfers & Stripes =-.

  12. Cowvin — May 4, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    WOW! Thanks for this recipe! i was going through a yard sale looking for cookbooks and recipe’s for my picky daughter. My little girl loves chicken but doesn’t like to eat her salad. this is gonna be a great way to make her eat both!

  13. Nazarina A — May 4, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    You make such delicious, fresh looking cuisine! It reminds me of an upscale garden soiree where all the chatter is just around your cuisine. Loved the look and the recipe of the paella as well!

  14. Bibi — May 4, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I love chicken salad and this is a great recipe. Beautiful picture…..
    .-= Bibi´s last blog ..Baked Italian Meatballs =-.

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