What’s for Dinner? Waldorf Chicken Salad! Noreen’s Kitchen

Greetings! I got a really good deal on some chicken this week and pan seared off a bunch this afternoon. I thought it might be nice to throw together a nice light salad for supper. Spring is here in my neck of the woods. Today was nearly 80 degrees! Time to plan for lighter fare and more salad suppers. Waldorf chicken salad is on the menu tonight.

This is seriously a throwback to my youth when every single potluck supper and family dinner celebration was not complete without someone contributing a Waldorf salad. Traditionally my memory recalls a bunch of red delicious apples, walnuts, raisins and mayo tossed in a bowl. Not the best, but as a kid I remember enjoying it more than a tossed salad.

Today I have upped the ante and made this my own. Green apples, celery, shredded carrots, chopped water chestnuts, golden raisins, dried cranberries and pecan halves along with a light, tangy dressing and some of that grilled chicken, bring this salad up to date without ruining too much of the nostalgia. Adding the protein makes this perfect for a light dinner on luncheon choice. You can easily make this for a crowd just by tossing everything but the lettuce in a big bowl and allowing everyone to help themselves.

You could also easily change this up to suit your own family’s preferences. Don’t like pecans, add almonds, cashews, walnuts or a combo. Don’t like celery? leave it out! You get the picture!

This is also a great option to put out on your holiday table with Easter and Passover on the way.

I hope you give this a try and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating!

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  1. Just wondering should you still add the vinegar and sugar if you decided to make with yogurt instead of the mayo?

  2. Thanks Noreen, I will be making this today for our Ladies Bible Study end of the year social. Can’t wait to sneak a taste before I go tonight. Bet my salad will be the best one there.

  3. I just popped over here from one of Mrs.Volfie’s channel. I must say I love your videos! I will have to try this recipe since my husband loves Waldorf salad. I think some nice ripe grapes or berries would be a nice touch as well. Thanks so much!

  4. oh wow..this looks wonderful.. it is one of my ‘forgotten’ recipes…I’ve gotten lazy in my old age..and you remind me of yummy foods! THANK YOU!!!

  5. This looks so delicious; I might also add grapes because my hubby loves his grapes and I love chicken salad. Thanks for sharing another lovely recipe.

  6. Thanks Noreen & Rick! I like to keep a little file of recipes that I rely on especially when I’d rather not heat up the kitchen cooking dinner, so I will add this one. Hubby won’t touch a raisin or a nut, but I sure will enjoy this on those evenings when he’s at a baseball game! 🙂

  7. If you cannot see it, than you can find it on the front page of my website. Link is available in the description box.

  8. tyfs looks yummy and when i saw that pecan sitting on top had a feeling it was gonna get eaten and you were getting something else and rick picked it out of bowl so funny hes sweet gotta keep the camera man happy with nibbles lol

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