Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe

My-oh-my has it been a long time since I have posted a recipe on the blog! I have definitely been creating new recipes, but I always forget to take quality pictures. This weekend while I was walking through Trader Joes to pick up some produce, and I felt the craving for chicken salad. However, I wanted more than just some shredded chicken breast and mayo mixed together.

I’ve never actually had a chicken waldorf salad, but I vaguely remembered seeing it on the web and various cooking shows. I knew that there would be veggies, nuts, and fruit involved, all of which I had at home, so I started working on my own version.

Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe Ingredients

I usually add red peppers and sweet onions to my chicken salad, so this time to make it different, I added craisins and chopped pecans. I used about 1/4 cup of each.  (Note: I used a 100 calorie packet of craisins which turns out to be about 1/4 cup.)

Before I mix the fun stuff in, I combine the shredded chicken with spicy brown mustard and light mayo. Years ago, before I got into healthy eating, I only used mayo (and probably full fat mayo too). Now, I’ve learned that the spicy mustard adds flavor and moisture so less mayo is needed. I also used a 12.5 oz can of premium chunk white chicken in water from Trader Joes. Yes, I could have baked and shredded my own chicken breasts, but this is so much easier. If you used canned chicken, make sure you buy a can that packs the chicken in water only. Just like tuna, there are other options in the grocery store but that means you will be taking in more calories and more sodium.

Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe

Once the chicken, spicy brown mustard, and mayo are combined, I add in the craisins, pecans, red pepper and onions. I find that it is easier to make sure that the chicken is well coated with the mayo and mustard if I mix those first, and then add in the extras. I like to avoid having dry pieces of chicken anywhere in the salad. 

Chicken Waldorf Salad RecipeLately, I have also been working hard to eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet. I could probably devote a whole post to why and how, but the short version is that it helps with my digestion. I have horrible digestion, and I notice that when I stop eating gluten and dairy, I have significantly less bloat and less digestive issues. No, I do not have celiac disease but I am lactose intolerant. I was diagnosed as an infant… but then I grew out of it. However, as I get older, my body is not processing dairy as well anymore. 

I say all this because normally I would have this salad with cheese on a slice of whole wheat toast or on a cracker. But to stay on top of my gluten and dairy free goals, I opted to use plantain chips as my “cracker” and it was so good. 

Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe

Chicken Waldorf Salad
Serves 4
A delicious take on a traditional Chicken Waldorf Salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 12.5 oz can of white chunk chicken in water
  2. 1.5 TBS light mayo
  3. 1 TBS spicy brown mustard
  4. 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
  5. 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  6. 1/4 cup craisins
  7. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  1. Drain and shred canned white chunk chicken in large bowl.
  2. Add light mayo and spicy brown mustard to chicken and mix well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Serve with crackers, plantain chips, or eat plain.
  1. Feel free to substitute your favorite nuts into this recipe if you do not like pecans.
  2. If you feel that the chicken is still dry, I recommend adding in more mustard.
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  1. Kathia says:

    This looks sooooooo good. I will try it out this week. I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

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    • Thanks, Kathia! It really was… I brought it for lunch 2 days in a row. 🙂

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  2. Steffy says:

    I’m new to blogging and I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog! I don’t eat chicken, so I’m thinking about trying this recipe with tuna instead. Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

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    • Steffy – this will definitely work with tuna. I do a similar recipe, minus the nuts with tuna most of the time…but I’m sure this would be great with everything listed for this recipe.

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  3. Liz says:

    This looks soo good and easy! I’ll have to try it soon! I’ve also been eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet and feel MUCH better without them! (Though I do miss cheese).

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    • Ugggh… don’t mention cheese! lol I miss it too BUT my gut definitely does not. Stay strong! 🙂 I’m right with you.

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  4. GiGi Eats says:

    Chicken makes me so happy. I get cravings for it like pregnant women get cravings for pickles and sour cream and onion potato chips, LOL!

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    • Hahahaha, I love chicken too. It goes with everything… all of the time.

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  5. I made a traditional Waldorf salad for the first time in ages last week. This chicken version looks amazing, and I”m definitely going to try it out! Your photos are gorgeous.

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    • Thank you! I’ve been working on taking pictures with natural sunlight which helps a ton! – if you share your recipe, let me know! I’d love to try it out.

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  6. I love your photo tutorial for this recipe! Also, your chopping skills are amazing. I can’t finely chop like that at all! I’ve never tried canned chicken. I usually use rotisserie chicken when I need pre-cooked, easy to shred chicken but it is probably way more economical to use canned chicken.

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    • I am super lazy, so canned chicken always seems like less work for me. lol. But I do appreciate a quality chicken salad made from a rotisserie. I feel like that gives the salad an extra punch if it was seasoned well.

      And thank you! I am working on my photography. 🙂

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  7. Faith says:

    I love that you put the chicken salad on top of plantain chips! This looks delicious!

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    • It definitely was! And I am addicted to plantain chips. I love regular potato chips too… but these are one of the few substitutes that actually kill the craving for the fatty alternative.

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