Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad

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 dressing. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner.

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This healthy Waldorf salad has chicken, fresh apples, grapes and dried fruits, crunchy walnuts, and a tangy low-fat yogurt-based dressing. It's the perfect healthy dinner salad. Get the recipe from @itsyummi

 

Jazz apples have a vibrant color on the outside, and a firm, crunchy flesh inside.  They remind me of a cross between a Gala and a Granny Smith.

Jazz Apples from New Zealand

The apples from New Zealand taste so much better than the variety I bought from Sam’s Club last year. I think it’s because New Zealand apples are shipped right after picking, so they’re bursting with freshness!  When it’s summer in the States, it’s Fall in New Zealand, which is perfect for harvesting apples.

It’s the perfect season to use Jazz apples, so a group of blogger friends and I are creating summery Jazz 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!

My Waldorf salad recipe is healthier than most.

I kept the skin on the apples for added fiber, and Greek yogurt replaces fattening mayonnaise.  Making healthy substitutions doesn’t diminish the taste of this salad at all.  The flavor components from the apples, chicken, celery, walnuts, raisins, grapes, and dried cranberries bring so much love to this dish. I could eat this salad every day with no complaints.

 I could eat this healthy chicken Waldorf salad recipe every day. It's THAT good! - Recipe from @itsyummi

Let’s make this healthy chicken Waldorf salad!

Oh, and if you love healthy salad recipes like this one, be sure to check out my recipe for grilled romaine salad. It’s perfect for a summer dinner.

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Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 10 min Serves 4

Crisp apples, chicken, grapes, walnuts, and dried fruit are tossed in a light and healthy yogurt dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Jazz apples, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup green or purple seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced or diced small
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, vanilla or plain flavor
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. Place chicken, apples, celery,walnuts, cranberries, and raisins into a large serving bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. 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.
  3. Wrap any leftovers well and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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If my Healthy waldorf salad recipe doesn’t float your boat, perhaps one of these delicious Jazz apple creations from my blogging friends will strike your fancy!

Potato Salad with Apples from Cook the Story

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

I could eat this healthy chicken Waldorf salad every day. It's THAT good! Get the recipe from @itsyummi

27 Replies to "Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad"

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    Theresa @DearCreatives January 22, 2016 (1:36 am)

    Looks like a great salad. I need to make this soon. PInned for later.

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      Chef Bec January 22, 2016 (6:50 am)

      I hope you enjoy the recipe, Theresa, and thanks for pinning!

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    Rachel July 19, 2015 (10:49 pm)

    My mother-in-law loves Waldorf salad. I’ll definitely have to make this one for her!

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      Chef Becca July 21, 2015 (8:18 am)

      I hope your MIL loves this chicken Waldorf salad as much as I do, Rachel. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Ursula Anderson August 1, 2014 (9:55 am)

    I have not made a waldorf salad in a long time, thank you for the reminder and the great recipe
    and a special thank you to Carole ( the cybercook ) for sending this to me

    • comment-avatar
      Chef Becca August 1, 2014 (9:59 am)

      You’re welcome, Ursula! Oh, and your cybercook friend, Carole, sounds like a fantastic lady 🙂

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    David July 31, 2014 (7:09 am)

    Becca, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never made a Waldorf salad before. This looks amazing…and super easy, so I might have to fix that problem. Two thumbs up!!

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      Chef Becca July 31, 2014 (7:21 am)

      Whoa… back up the train! You’ve never had Waldorf salad?! Not even at your grandma’s house on Thanksgiving?
      This is a serious, serious dilemma… Put down your grill and smoker immediately and go pick up some Jazz apples. I’ll meet you in the kitchen in an hour! 🙂

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        David July 31, 2014 (7:28 am)

        I’ll be there! With my cup of coffee!

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    Allie July 30, 2014 (6:30 pm)

    This looks delicious and refreshing for the summer

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    Christine (Cook the Story) July 30, 2014 (2:08 pm)

    These pictures are gorgeous, Becca. And the flavors in the salad are amazing. What a perfect lunch this would be!

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      Chef Becca July 30, 2014 (3:14 pm)

      Thanks so much, Chris. It’s been a delicious summer with all of these awesome fruit-filled recipes around to try 🙂

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living July 30, 2014 (1:48 pm)

    I haven’t had waldorf salad in ages – love this lightened up version with chicken!

    • comment-avatar
      Chef Becca July 30, 2014 (3:13 pm)

      Thanks so much, Jeanette! I remember the heavy, fattening version of Waldorf very well. This version gives you the taste, but not the waist 😉

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    Jennifer July 30, 2014 (1:40 pm)

    This salad looks gorgeous!

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    Jenni July 30, 2014 (12:20 pm)

    Gorgeous salad, Becca! And your photos are making me hungry!

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    Karen July 30, 2014 (8:52 am)

    I’ve had different versions of this before but I have to admit that you have me intrigued with the yogurt dressing.
    One of my favorite things about Fall is apple season.

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      Chef Becca July 30, 2014 (8:59 am)

      Trust me, Karen… you won’t miss the heavy mayo at all! The yogurt dressing lightens the whole thing up and makes it perfect for summer 🙂

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