Total Time
21 Mins
Makes 6 servings

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. 

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Stir together chicken, next 5 ingredients, and walnuts. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Chef's Notes

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.

Ratings & Reviews

crjewel's Review

January 12, 2014
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.

AnnetteCarter's Review

January 26, 2013
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.

bjc123's Review

September 03, 2012
So easy. Great summer salad. Reduced the honey mustard to 1/4 cup and added another half an apple. Will be making this many times more. Excellent.

SnowyCheese's Review

April 30, 2012
This is a simple yet delicious recipe. Made it twice already. My family loves it! It's going to be one of my go-to recipes for chicken salad.

Addie03's Review

August 01, 2011
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 was overpowering I think....other than that simply delicious!!!!!!

texantess's Review

June 18, 2011
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.


September 11, 2016
First time I've seen this made with honey mustard.  It over powered the other more delicate flavors   Will go back to my old recipe using yogurt, mayo and lemon juice

adelineidalia's Review

August 14, 2014

itravel's Review

October 05, 2013
Very good! Made my own chicken breast and served on romaine lettuce. Lettuce doesn't improve but stretches the calories a bit. Definitely would make again!

clouise's Review

August 13, 2013