Waldorf Chicken Salad

This Waldorf Chicken Salad is a refreshing and filling dish loaded with fruit, veggies, and nuts. It comes together quickly and packs up well for taking to work or even a picnic.

Waldorf Chicken Salad on a leaf of lettuce.

Hi friends! Melanie here again from Garnish & Glaze bringing you a delicious, healthy, and fresh lunch. I LOVE chicken salad. It’s yummy, filling, easy to make, and can be made ahead of time.

A bowl full of Waldorf Chicken Salad ingredients- Chicken, grapes, apples, walnuts, celery, and dressing.

Waldorf Salad is a classic. It was first served in NYC in the late 1800’s. It usually doesn’t have chicken but I am obsessed with Chicken Salad so I decided to turn it into a filling meal by simply throwing some in. You can use leftover rotisserie chicken or cook your own.

A large bowl of Waldorf Chicken Salad sprinkled with pepper.

I’ve found that the easiest and fastest way to perfectly cook chicken is in the Instant Pot. Toss the chicken breast in, sprinkle on whatever seasonings you want and then cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with a 5 minute natural release. So quick and perfectly tender and juicy. Of course, you can also just bake, grill, or even slow cook your chicken too.

Picking up Waldorf Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce.

Now, chicken salad is usually loaded with lots of mayonnaise but I like to lighten things up a bit. You can fully swap out the mayo for plain Greek yogurt but I think that changes the flavor too much so I like to go halfsies. I also have found that the mayonnaise made with canola oil has half the calories as regular but still the same great flavor and texture.

Four lettuce leaves topped with Waldorf Chicken Salad.

This meal is awesome because it comes together in  just 15 minutes and you can make it ahead of time for when you know you’re going to have a busy schedule. I love making meals like this Waldorf Chicken Salad or Instant Pot Greek Chicken Quinoa Bowls at the beginning of the week so I can have it for a quick lunch the following days. My husband especially loves taking it to work because it’s filling and he doesn’t have to waste time waiting to use the microwave.

You are going to love this Waldorf Salad! Enjoy!

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
This Waldorf Chicken Salad is a refreshing and filling dish loaded with fruit, veggies, and nuts. It comes together quickly and packs up well for taking to work or even a picnic.


  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise I prefer canola oil Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cooked chicken breast diced*
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 apple chopped
  • 1 cup grapes halved
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts chopped
  • 6 leaves Boston lettuce


  1. Place walnuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together chicken celery, apple, grapes, walnuts, and the dressing. Spoon into lettuce cups and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Use leftover rotisserie chicken or you can bake, grill, or cook it in the Instant Pot. Place a (8-10 ounce) chicken breast in the bottom of the slow cooker with 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with some onion salt, paprika, and pepper. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes with a 5 minutes slow release followed by a quick release.

Nutrition Facts
Waldorf Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Melanie Dueck

Melanie is the cook and photographer behind the blog Garnish & Glaze. When she’s not playing princesses with her two little girls, she’s experimenting in the kitchen. She takes simple ingredients and creates everything from healthy dinners to indulgent desserts.

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  1. This recipe looks great! I am going to try it next week. One thing. The ads on the side are VERY annoying. They blink and change trying to get your attention. I can hardly stand to look at your recipes because of this. Is there a way to at least keep them from blinking and also from scrolling down and following you as you read the entire post? Thanks!

  2. Incredible recipes; thanks! I am taking turns cooking for four in our household now. My grandson is living with us (daughter, son-in-law and me Grandma (by the way a young spirited Grandma); Grandson is a good cook, so my skills need to go up a notch. You will make me look good! Thanks!

  3. These recipe is really awesome ,,easy to prepare and to cook no need to hurry .thanx alot for sharing these recipe

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