Chicken Waldorf salad is loaded with farro, apple chunks, grapes, lettuce, almonds and an ultra light honey mustard vinaigrette!
In general, I am a rule follower. I never park in a handicapped parking spot, I wait behind the ropes until I’m called at the DMV, I ride my bike with traffic, I never pass through the express checkout with more than the permitted number of items. I follow rules. Rules create order, and I like order.
Now when it comes to food, I live by my rules. I use whatever ingredients I want regardless of what the rules tell me to do. I never use anchovies in my Caesar Salad; my stuffed peppers are unstuffed, and I turn my brats into burgers. I mean why not? I am the boss right?
Here we have a Waldorf Salad. Does it follow any rules? Not really, unless the rule is it has to taste good. Because it does taste good. Typically a Waldorf salad is a mixture of apples, celery, walnuts mixed with mayo and served over a bed of bibb lettuce. That just wasn’t going to cut it for me. I need my salad to have some sustenance. Enter chicken and bunch of other good stuff that makes this salad a meal!
My Chicken Waldorf 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 Natural Blue Diamond Almonds and ditch the mayo in favor 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.
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!
Chicken Waldorf Salad
- 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.
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