This is a classic favourite made with Easy Chicken Salad, grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, dried cranberries, and a delicious refined-sugar-free Raspberry Vinaigrette. Just layer them together with some pre-made ingredients.
This particular recipe was inspired by my favourite dish that I almost always order when we make our usual stop at Pesto’s in Flint, Michigan. We discovered this fun, friendly little restaurant near the Flint airport many years ago.
Although we live in Canada, we’re close enough to the U.S. border that we usually fly from there to American destinations. Although we now travel more by motorhome than plane, we often drive through Flint.
It has become our very pleasant habit to stop and grab a meal at Pesto’s on our way through, whether we’re coming or going. In fact, the staff there know us so well that they quickly confirm our favourite orders from memory when we walk in the door. They know that we have to get a lot of miles in and like to be back on the road as soon as we can.
Although Pesto’s has gluten free pizza and other options for me, I usually choose their Chicken Waldorf salad because I like it so well. I have made mine similar in that it’s chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with the grapes, nuts, cranberries, and apples covered in as much raspberry vinaigrette as one desires. I don’t recall Pesto’s salad including apples, but maybe it does. I’ll be sure to pay more attention next time! I’ve put apples in mine, because after all – it’s a Waldorf!
Chicken Waldorf Ingredients
Meal Prep Tips
This salad is very easy to make if you’ve already prepped or purchased the key ingredients. It’s simply a matter of layering them all together.
This is a great opportunity to use the Chicken Salad recipe that I posted last week. It’s made with cooked chicken that may be leftover from a whole roasted chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or cooked fresh. Having some made up ahead will speed your preparation of the Chicken Waldorf.
Use your favourite salad lettuce here. I like to save time by buying the prewashed organic spring mix that comes in a box.
More Chicken Salad Recipes
- Easy Chicken Salad with Mango
- Broccoli Slaw with Chicken, Blueberries, and Almonds
- Mango Avocado Salad with Chicken
- Festive Cranberry Salad with Chicken and Pecans
Chicken Waldorf Salad
- Slice grapes in half.
- Core and slice the apple. You can dip the slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning if you're not serving the salad immediately.
- Arrange salad greens on each serving plate. Add grapes, apple slices, walnuts, and cranberries. Scoop chicken salad into the centre. Drizzle with raspberry vinaigrette.