It’s been a delicious #loveNZfruit summer of creating recipes with apples and pears from New Zealand! Today’s recipe, for healthy chicken Waldorf salad, will keep you crunching all year long! Crisp Jazz apples, tender chicken breast, dried fruit, and nuts are tossed together with a healthy, low fat, no sugar added yogurt based dressing. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jazz Apples. I was compensated for my work, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Oh, and just like my posts for CRANBERRY PEAR SCONES and APPLE PIE ICE CREAM BOWLS, this post also has a giveaway attached! Up for grabs is another chance to score a $150 Visa gift card, plus a big box of crisp Jazz apples from New Zealand, To top it all off, every entry in this giveaway gives you an automatic entry towards the grand prize…. a Vitamix blender and a $100 Whole Foods gift card! Is that not completely amazing?! I wish that I was eligible to win! Scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll find the giveaway Rafflecopter widget that you can use to get your entries. Good luck!
Have you ever eaten a Jazz apple? They’re a variety that has a vibrant color on the outside and an amazing, firm flesh and crisp crunch on the inside. I first tried them last year, after spotting them at my local San’s Club, so when I heard that I’d have the opportunity to taste them again for this post, I was really excited. What I didn’t realize, however, is that the apples I would receive from New Zealand would taste so much better than the variety I had last year.
I’m sure it’s because the apples I had this time around were picked so recently that they were still bursting with freshness! When it’s sweltering summer in the states, the air is cool and crisp in New Zealand, making it perfect for harvesting apples. There was no mealy texture or mushiness to be found in these beauties! Because the Jazz apple crop is so perfect for us stateside right now, I’ve teamed up with a bunch of my blogger friends to create summery apple recipes. After you check out my recipe for healthy chicken Waldorf salad, be sure to check out the amazing recipes that were created by my friends!
Jazz apples are touching hearts and taste buds with Crunch to Contribute, a fun and easy way for all of us to help change lives in a meaningful way. We can crunch on a Jazz apple, then use social media to post a photo. We we do that, $1 will be donated to either the American or Canadian Diabetes Association. What an awesome opportunity to spread some love! While the growers of this tangy-sweet, summer-fresh treat are in New Zealand, they wanted their fruit to contribute toward a far-reaching diabetes prevention solution. So even if you buy them locally, the next time you munch on a Jazz apple, show your stuff by sharing your photo online!
Because the Diabetes Association is all about good health, I decided to to create my healthy chicken Waldorf salad in a nutritionally sound way. I kept the fiber from the apples in my salad by keeping the skins on and I used non-fat yogurt instead of the fattening mayonnaise that’s typically used in Waldorf salad. I can assure you that it didn’t diminish the taste of this salad at all. The flavor components from the apples, chicken, celery, walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries brought so much love to this dish, once I started eating it, I really didn’t want to put my fork down.
OK. Who’s ready to make this recipe for Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad?!
- 1 pound grilled chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (for convenience, I used Tyson Grillers)
- 2 Jazz apples, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup green or purple seedless grapes, sliced in half
- 1 rib celery, thinly sliced or diced small
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt (I used vanilla for great flavor)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Place chicken, apples, celery,walnuts, cranberries, and raisins into a large serving bowl. Toss to combine.
- Add all yogurt dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and toss to combine. For best flavor, serve chilled.
- Wrap any leftovers well and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If chicken Waldorf salad doesn’t float your boat, perhaps one of these delicious Jazz apple #loveNZfruit creations from my blogging friends will strike your fancy!
Potato Salad with Apples from Cook the Story
My Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad!
Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple Saute from Pastry Chef Online
Apple Basil Mojitos from Cooking with Books
Campfire Apple and Pork Packets from Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Around My Family Table
Summer Bounty Salad from Real Housemoms
Grilled Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Apples, Corn, & Dijon Vinaigrette from Climbing Grier Mountain
Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad from Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon and Ginger Jazz Apple Chips from Doughmesstic