Leftover cooked chicken makes this chicken Waldorf salad, loaded with apples, grapes, celery and walnuts, a snap to assemble. If you use rotisserie chicken, keep in mind that it's salty and omit the salt in the dressing. Serve over watercress, with a chunk of whole-grain baguette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011


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Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and salt in a large bowl. Add chicken, apple, grapes, celery and 1/4 cup walnuts. Stir to coat well. Serve topped with the remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

If you want cooked chicken in a hurry, the easiest way to cook it is to poach it. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. (1 pound raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts = about 21/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken)

To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 30.6g; carbohydrates 23.1g; dietary fiber 2.9g; sugars 14.5g; fat 16.5g; saturated fat 2.4g; cholesterol 77.7mg; vitamin a iu 230.9IU; vitamin c 5.6mg; folate 33.2mcg; calcium 87.8mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 60.2mg; potassium 537.1mg; sodium 407.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I've made this twice now and it is delicious. Perfect just the way it is written although I did use a granny smith apple one time. The 1 1/2 cup serving size is really filling! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a new favorite! I love chicken salad but often avoid it due to the high calorie and fat content. I am happy to say that this chicken salad has bridged the gap for me. I love the crunchiness from the celery and nuts. And the apple and grape add additional depth of flavor and texture. I used greek yogurt for extra richness and creaminess. This is a healthy chicken salad that left me wishing I had made a double batch! Pros: Love the textures and depth of flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Quick Chicken Salad This was a quick and easy recipe to come together. I used rotisserie chicken which was ok. Think I'll use canned chicken next time as the flavor is better to me. Pros: Tasty Crunchy Tangy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Great for Lunches This was very good. However I wished it was slightly sweeter. I will mak this again but I think I try a half an orange instead of Lemon or maybe just add a little honey. Cons: Wished it was sweeter Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved the Yogurt I really like using yogurt instead of mayo for this salad...makes me feel a bit better about it. And the other ingredients are all tasty and healthy. I made a version the other day but didn't have many of the ingredients - did just a pear Gorgonzola walnut salad served in endive http://tiny.cc/iw2q9. These are great healthy salad options. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
a yummy chicken salad I made this salad using leftover chicken after making chicken soup from scratch. I was looking for a good way to use it up. The salad turned out great! I did make a few changes though: low fat sour creme instead of low fat yogurt craisins instead of walnuts and no grapes. I was very happy with the results. I think adding the lemon juice was a great idea Pros: a great way to use up leftover chicken fast and easy to make and it can be modified in so many ways Cons: grapes in a waldorf salad? that's just wrong to me! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious Quick Salad! I made this salad for lunch and ate it with raw spinach and it was delicious! It didn't take long to prepare and it was a filing light well balanced meal. I did add some salt and pepper and substituted some chopped bell pepper and scallions instead of celery and it tasted great. I was nervous about the apples getting brown since I made this salad the night before I needed it but the apples were still fine by the time I finished the salad 3 days after I made it. Good lunchtime salad and I will make it again! Pros: Quick Light Tasty Read More