The origins of the nut and apple Waldorf salad began at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1896. Since then, it has remained a classic and has influenced many variations and twists on the original. By adding chicken and grapes to the salad, you can create an element of heartiness to this dish that makes it perfect for lunches all week. Among taste tests of multiple chicken salad dishes, this 20-minute recipe ranked the highest.
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 large Gala apple, diced
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup honey mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake walnuts in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Stir together chicken, next 5 ingredients, and walnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This chicken salad is perfect eaten on its own or scooped between a healthy, whole grain bread. Variations on this could be adding jalapeno for a spicy kick or adding more of an assortment of nuts, like almonds or pistachios.
I overall followed the recipe but I made this without toasting walnuts, peeled the apple and sprinkled it with lime juice, did not have grapes on hand, used 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard with a heaping tablespoon of honey. As my daughter said, this was one banging chicken salad. Delish.
I made this for work. Everybody loved it. I agree with only 1/4 cup of the mustard. I added a little more mayo to balance it out. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I already had some. But it was delicious.
This the best tasting chicken waldorf salad that I have tried so far....French's honey mustard needs to be only 1/4 cup instead of the 1/2 cup...it was overpowering I think....other than that simply delicious!!!!!!
This recipe is fabulous! I substitute pecans for the walnuts. It is a perfect combination, with the honey mustard and grapes for sweetness, and the celery and nuts to balance it out. A real winner!!! Great on crackers...Wheat Thins are especially great with this.