Waldorf Salad with Chicken & Rutabaga

A cross between turnip and cabbage, rutabagas have purple-tinged yellow skin and yellow, slightly sweet flesh. Adding this veg along with chicken to this classic side transforms it into a hearty dinner salad.

Waldorf Salad with Chicken & Rutabaga
Photo: Leigh Beisch
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 large rutabaga, peeled (see Tip) and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • ½ cup water

  • cup creamed honey (see Tip)

  • cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup low-fat plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 12 ounces diced cooked chicken breast

  • 1 large crisp apple, cut into bite-size chunks

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 1 cup red grapes, halved if large

  • ½ cup Marcona almonds, preferably rosemary-roasted

  • 7 cups chopped romaine lettuce


  1. Place rutabaga in a large microwave-safe bowl, add water and cover tightly. Microwave on High until tender, about 10 minutes. Uncover, being careful of the steam; drain and let cool, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk honey, vinegar, yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper and cinnamon in a large bowl until smooth.

  3. Add the rutabaga, chicken, apple, celery, grapes and almonds to the dressing; toss to coat. Serve on lettuce.

To make ahead:

Refrigerate dressing (Step 2) for up to 2 days.


Rutabaga is often coated in wax to preserve freshness. For easier peeling, use a paring knife instead of a vegetable peeler.

Despite its appearance, creamed honey features just one ingredient—honey. The sweetener gets run through a low-temperature process designed to control crystallization and keep it soft and spreadable. Look for it with other honeys at your grocery store or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
16g Fat
43g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 34g
Added Sugars 18g 36%
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Potassium 762mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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