Chicken Waldorf salad is loaded with farro, apple chunks, grapes, lettuce, almonds, and an ultra-light honey mustard vinaigrette!
You’re going to love this classic twist on a refreshing salad!
This Waldorf chicken salad recipe doesn’t follow any of the usual rules. Made as a layered salad instead of a messy mixture of ingredients this salad is a much cleaner, neater, and healthier version of that popular salad. This healthy Waldorf chicken salad uses farro (one of my favorite grains) for some fiber and rotisserie chicken for some protein. Apples make an appearance along with grapes (I use green, gasp!) dried cranberries, Whole Almonds, and ditches the mayo in favor of a simple honey mustard vinaigrette. The only thing that is faithful to the original recipe is the bibb lettuce that gets tossed in the mix.
easy Waldorf chicken salad recipe
What is Waldorf Salad?
Typically a Waldorf salad is a mixture of fresh apples, celery, walnuts mixed with mayo and served over a bed of bibb lettuce. with a consistency like fruit salad that just wasn’t going to cut it for me. I need my salad to have some sustenance. So we added chicken and a bunch of other good stuff that makes this salad into a filling meal instead of a dessert-like side dish!
This salad has so many wonderful flavors and textures, but it also boasts healthful ingredients that will fill you up and keep you satisfied. After all, one cannot live on fruit and lettuce alone!
- Cooked farro
- Rotisserie chicken
- Honeycrisp apple
- Green grapes
- Dried cherries
- Coarsely chopped bibb lettuce
- Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds
For the dressing, you will need:
- Garlic cloves
- Dijon mustard
- White wine vinegar
- Olive oil
How to Make Chicken Waldorf Salad
- Toss together the farro, chicken, diced apple, green grapes, cherries, and lettuce in a large bowl.
- Top with toasted almonds.
- In another bowl, combine the garlic, mustard, honey vinegar, salt, and oil with a whisk until blended.
- Pour the dressing over the salad.
- Serve immediately.
What is Waldorf salad dressing made of?
Traditionally the salad dressing is made using a combination of mayonnaise and sugar. In our salad, we actually make more of a vinaigrette without using either of those two items.
When was Waldorf invented?
Waldorf salad has been around since its first creation in 1893. It was made by a maitre d of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New york city. The original recipe did not include nuts.
How long is this salad good for?
Without the dressing being added to the mix you can have the salad last up to 2 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Once you add the dressing o the salad, the leaves will slowly being to wilt so unfortunately it won’t last more than an hour or two. Add dressing just before serving.
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- 2 cups cooked farro
- 1 1/2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
- 1 large Honeycrisp apple, diced
- 3/4 cup green grapes, halved
- 2 tablespoons dried cherries
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped bibb lettuce
- 1 cup Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds, toasted
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- In a large bowl, toss together the farro, chicken, diced apple, green grapes, cherries and lettuce, Top with toasted almonds.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the garlic, mustard, honey vinegar, salt and oil. Pour dressing over salad; serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 762Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 35gCholesterol 82mgSodium 557mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 11gSugar 20gProtein 39g