Healthy eating is made easy & delicious with this Waldorf Chicken Salad that comes together with omega-3 rich walnuts, sweet grapes, fresh basil, red onion, celery, tender chicken chunks all held together with creamy, avocado oil mayo.

Overhead photo of Waldorf Chicken Salad on a white plate served on top of greens along with cucumber slices, lemon wedge and fresh basil.

The perfect recipe for your weekend meal prep or last minute lunch!

If you have followed us for awhile (on the blog or Instagram), you’ve likely gathered that meal prepping is something we believe is a key player in eating healthy and wholesome foods all week long.

While there are many weekends we’d rather skip meal prepping (and sometimes we do because…#life) we know that having a fridge full of ready-to-eat, wholesome foods will set us up for a healthy week ahead. I personally have found that when I don’t meal prep I tend to graze, skip meals, lack on veggies and do not make the best choices —> like sitting down with a jar of nut butter and a spoon and…you get where I’m going. In turn, those eating behaviors negatively impact my energy and how I feel overall. No one has time for feeling ‘just okay’ so meal prep it is!

Overhead photo of the ingredient for the Waldorf Chicken Salad.

Easy to make.

Meal prepping on the weekends helps to make the healthy choice the easy choice and that’s exactly why we do our best to share recipes that are meal prep friendly, easy to make and require only basic cooking skills. We want meal prepping to be easy for you and totally doable. I know you’re going to love this Waldorf Chicken Salad.

Want to give meal prep a try but not sure where to even begin? Check out our 12 meal prep menus – complete with menus, done-for-you grocery lists and meal prep recipes.

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Photo of the Waldorf Chicken Salad in a clear bowl, topped with chopped fresh basil and chopped walnuts.

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Made with just 8-ingredients!

Chicken salad is a favorite meal prep recipe. It’s made with just 8 simple ingredients and it’s the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. Chock full of quality protein and healthy fats will help you stay satisfied for hours and keep your blood sugars stable. Stable blood sugars = more energy & better metabolism. 

I used Primal Kitchen Mayo in this recipe. It’s one of the few store-bought mayos that we, The Real Food RDs, recommend because it truly is made with top quality ingredient such as avocado oil.

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Overhead photo of Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad on a white plate served on top of greens along with cucumber slices, lemon wedge and fresh basil.

Substitute ingredients you have on hand!

Waldorf Chicken Salad comes together with omega-3 rich walnuts, sweet grapes, fresh basil, red onion and celery. And like with many of our recipes, you can substitute ingredients with what you have on hand.

  • No walnuts —> try almonds, pecans or cashews.
  • No grapes —> try cubed apple, dried cranberries or raisins.
  • No fresh basil —> use dried basil or try fresh rosemary or thyme.
  • No leftover chicken —> rotisserie chicken works, too

You’ll love how fast & easy this salad comes together. If you’re using leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, you’ll be able to make this salad in no time at all. Less time in the kitchen = more time to do the things that you love!

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Overhead photo of Classic Waldorf Chicken Salad on a white plate served on top of greens along with cucumber slices, lemon wedge and fresh basil.

Serve on a bed of greens, in your favorite wrap or on top of crackers for a tasty appetizer or snack!

In addition to enjoying Waldorf Chicken Salad on a bed of greens or in a wrap for lunch, I’ve made this recipe for social gatherings and holidays. It makes for a fun appetizer (or snack) when served on top of cucumber slices or gluten-free crackers such as Simple Mills crackers (a Real Food RD fave).

Give this Waldorf Chicken Salad a try and report back in the comments below! If you love this recipe, you’ll also want to give our Curry Chicken Salad, Blueberry Rosemary Chicken Salad or Strawberry Chicken Salad a try as well!

Wondering how to make the perfect chicken breast for this salad? We’ve got you covered with our How to Make the Perfect Chicken Breast tutorial. 

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