The Waldorf Salad is a classic. A perfect combination of crunchy fruits and nuts, dressed in mayonnaise.
When you add chicken to Waldorf salad, it becomes a more hearty “main meal” type of salad. I also use grapes in addition to apples to give the salad even more variety in tastes and textures.
Whenever I get a craving for this salad, I just pick up a rotisserie chicken and start shredding! It’s fast and easy and makes a super satisfying lunch salad!
Why I love this recipe
Easy always wins the day for me. Whenever I know I’m going to have leftover chicken, I plan to make this salad. But that’s not often enough, so I sometimes pick up rotisserie chicken at the store. I can even buy it pre-shredded if I want, for maximum convenience!
I love all the play of flavors, especially the sweetness of the grapes and apple with the mayonnaise dressing.
The salad feels like you’re having something special, when it’s actually very simple to put together.
How to make this Chicken Waldorf Salad
Honestly, there are only 2 steps to this. Cut up all the ingredients and mix them together. Done. LOL
Serve this chicken salad on a bed of greens for a lovely lunch!
An optional step, which I like to do, is to separately mix the mayo with salt and pepper. It helps ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed. But to be honest, its not truly necessary. The mixing of everything in a bowl seems to take care of that on its own. So it’s really your choice.
I’ve also seen people recommend that you toss the diced apple in lemon juice before adding to the salad, to prevent browning. But I never do that, the mayo alone seems to be enough. I probably helps that we always consume this within 2 days. 😀
I’ve used both green and red grapes and loved either choice. So feel free to use one or the other, or some of each!
If you prefer to make this salad without grapes, just substitute with additional chopped apple.
If you've got more rotisserie chicken left, try some air fryer chimichangas from peanut blossom. It's a delicious way to re-purpose leftovers!
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Chicken Waldorf Salad with Grapes
- 1 cup red apple cored and diced (I used Honeycrisp)
- 1 cup red or green grapes halved
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 2 cups cooked chicken diced
- ¼ cup walnuts pieces
- ¼ cup onion minced
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
- Dash black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss lightly to coat.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
I just love the balance of textures & flavors here, especially the grapes! This was really delicious and perfect for a work lunch that felt like a treat.
Thank you Gen, it really DOES feel like a treat!
I loved the crunchy sweet fruit in this salad! I made it as a sandwich but it is so good all on its own! Great recipe!
Yes I love chicken salad on a croissant, but this one is good enough to eat on its own!
The walnuts added such a nice crunch! We found it rather refreshing and well-balanced. Will make again!
Thank you Kris for the kind review!
This makes a tasty lunch! I love the idea of adding grapes to a Waldorf salad and they make it sweet but not too sweet.
Agreed! They add just the right touch!
I have tried the original waldorf salad, so I was so excited to see this version. It turned out great and it was so easy. I made it without the chicken and my friend made it with the chicken. She raved about this salad too. We are always looking for easy salads to make, so we bookmarked it.
Easy salads are always a win!